Told exclusively from the perspective of Lee Gorewitz, a woman living with Alzheimer’s, all of the filming took place in an Alzheimer’s care unit. The film originally aired on PBS’ Independent Lens series and has received rave reviews from the Alzheimer’s community as well as film critics far and wide.
This riveting film grabbed my attention immediately and held it through the final scene. When it ended I felt sad — not because of the subject matter but because I wanted to spend more time with this unique and endearing woman with whom I’d fallen in love. I missed her, so I turned around and watched the entire movie again. – Marie Marley, Huffington Post
I must say that after reading just a bit about Mrs. Gorewitz, I am very anxious to see the documentary. Described as a charismatic, “exceptional and resilient soul… who often shakes a tail feather long after the music has stopped… and who will not let us forget her, even as she struggles to remember herself,” I can’t help but think how much that sounds like my mom!
The following synopsis was taken from the film’s website:
In Danville, California, Lee Gorewitz wanders on a soul-searching odyssey through her Alzheimer’s & Dementia care unit. Confined by the limits of her physical boundaries, she scavenges for reminders of her life in the outside world. Yet her search is for more than a word, or a memory, or a familiar face. It is a quest for understanding.
A total immersion into the fragmented day-to-day experience of mental illness, You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t is the first documentary filmed exclusively in an Alzheimer’s & Dementia care unit, and the first told from the perspective of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The film reveals Lee’s penetrating ruminations and charismatic vitality, challenging our preconceptions of illness and aging. Here is the journey of a woman who will not let us forget her – even as she struggles to remember herself.