Allelujah [Blu-ray] [2023] [Region Free]

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Allelujah [Blu-ray] [2023] [Region Free]

Allelujah [Blu-ray] [2023] [Region Free]

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For the most part, it’s a heartwarming piece about the indomitable human spirit and the beauty of old age, criticising the prioritisation of profit over people and celebrating the efforts of the NHS in the face of a government that works against their best interests and the interests of those in its care. Somewhere in the middle, something most accurately described as an unholy cross between an Age UK advert and The Good Nurse takes place. Julia McKenzie is a woman with dementia whose daughter and son-in-law are desperate to keep her alive for a few more months for inheritance tax reasons (again, a slightly broad characterisation, which might have worked better on stage than on screen). When The Beth, a geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital, comes under threat of closure due to continuing NHS cuts, staff and residents alike — spearheaded by Sister Gilpin (Jennifer Saunders) and Dr Valentine (Bally Gill) — band together to fight for the hospital’s future. language Infrequent strong language ('f**k') occurs, along with use of milder terms including 'twat', bloody', 'bugger', 'shit' and 'sod'.

Upsetting scenes occur in which characters deal with illness, old age, and the death of loved ones - as well as their own fear of death.Check out more of our Film coverage or visit our TV Guide and Streaming Guide to see what's on tonight. Humble, unglamorous geriatric care is however about vulnerable patients who are heading just one way, and their treatment crucially involves kindness and compassion which have nothing to do with the bottom line. Bally Gill plays the genuinely caring Dr Valentine and Jennifer Saunders is the formidable, no-nonsense ward sister Gilpin who runs a tight ship. When the geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital is threatened with closure, the hospital decides to fight back. It’s not completely out of left field and is telegraphed subtly but consistently throughout the piece, but it re-contextualises the entire film in a way that will either make or break it for audiences.

There are no prizes for guessing if Colin’s attitude to both the hospital and his dad is going to thaw – and indeed his initial, shrill attachment to the government line is rather broadly written. Valentine deduces that Alma has been poisoning the most frail residents by lacing their night-time cups of warm milk with morphine. When the geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital is threatened with closure, the hospital decides to fight back by galvanising the local community: they invite a news crew to film their preparations for a concert in honour of the hospital's most distinguished nurse. Perhaps the thought of a veteran Brit character-actor lineup in a care setting is a little mawkish, and I incidentally still have grim memories of Dustin Hoffman’s unsufferably patronising 2012 film Quartet with Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Michael Gambon.

Russell Tovey plays Colin, a Department of Health consultant with precisely these prejudices who has to come and visit his ailing ex-miner dad Joe (David Bradley) at the Beth, a cantankerous old guy who has never been able to accept his son’s identity as a gay man. The threatened closure of a geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital stirs an uprising from the local community, who invite a news crew to film preparations for a concert in honour of the hospital’s most distinguished nurse. threat and horror It is implied a member of the medical staff has intentionally caused the deaths of a number of patients. Suffice to say, however, such is the brain-frazzling, good faith-undoing, self-sabotaging severity of the left-turn this film takes, that when all’s said and done, words will likely fail you anyway.

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