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Pop

Joel Meyerowitz directed this heartfelt valentine to his 87-year-old father, Hy, who suffers from Alzheimer's. The director's son serves as cameraman, and the two of them take the old man on a road trip from his south Florida retirement community to the Bronx, where he was born and later raised his family. Though frail in body and mind, “Pop” retains his warmth, toughness, and crusty sense of humor as he, his son, and his grandson try to reclaim the past. His halting recollections are intercut with home-movie footage from more vigorous days, heightening our regret for the passage of time, yet Meyerowitz avoids mawkishness, letting Pop do much of the talking and proving that it's never too late to honor thy father.

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