________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 22 . . . . June 27, 2008

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Driven By Dreams.

Serge Giguère (Director). Nicole Hubert, Sylvie Van Brabant & Colette Loumède (Producers).
Montreal, PQ: National Film Board of Canada, 2006.
83 min., 11 sec., VHS or DVD, $99.95.
Order Number: 153C 0106 928.

Subject Headings:
Older people - Attitudes.
Older people - Psychology.
Creative activities in old age.

Grades 10 and up / Ages 15 and up.

Review by Alison Mews.

***½ /4

Viewers of Driven by Dreams will encounter five seniors whose passion for life is undiminished by their years. Through a series of narrative interactions, shot over several years, filmmaker Serge Giguère creates mini-portraits of these creative individuals, aged 72 to 94 years old. Whether it involves building model airplanes, playing piano or painting abstracts, Giguère reveals how important creativity is to the human spirit and how it fuels a zest for living.

     Winner of four Canadian prizes, including Quebec's Jutra Award for Best Documentary in 2007, this film employs the direct cinema style where the camera acts as an observational tool and there is no narrative script. Rather than using a linear approach and moving from one person to the next, Giguère intersperses cinematic clips of the individuals and weaves them back and forth. While this approach has the advantage of providing a more realistic mirror of how we get to know people, it also takes more involvement on the part of the audience to keep the personalities separate. Together, however, these extraordinary, quirky, unconventional but also very ordinary individuals share an incredible joie de vivre that is inspirational.

     While Driven By Dreams will have limited educational applications in a K-12 classroom, it could be used to dispel the stereotypes of ageism and to encourage young people to view their elders with more compassion and understanding. It is more appropriate for post-secondary schools, especially those teaching Sociology or Geriatric Studies, and public libraries with DVD collections.

     Note: This film is in French with English subtitles.

Recommended.

Alison Mews is the Director of the Curriculum Materials Centre in the Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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