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For better or worse

Production year: 2005 | 1x45' | Genres: Lifestyle / Travel
An emotional journey towards the inevitable
Origin country: Norway
Production company: TV2 AS (Norway)
Original title: I gode og onde dager
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: SD

Grete and Svein have been together, in sickness and in health, for over 50 years – until Grete was struck by Alzheimers.

As the illness develops, Grete has more and more trouble mastering daily routines. However, she is still able to tell her story. Although she can no longer perform such mundane tasks as laying the table, she is aware of her condition and able to describe her feelings with clarity and honesty. Her courageous and candid testimony makes the film particularly memorable. Her husband Svein can only look on as his wife slowly slips away. They had looked forward to sharing their old age together, but fate intervened. He now contemplates the prospect of sending his wife to a home, after 50 years together, and struggles to explain to her why he must do so. The film follows the couple closely along the inexorable journey of the disease - a journey of love and understanding, fraught with guilt and dilemmas.

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