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You Won't Need Running Shoes, Darling

You Won't Need Running Shoes, Darling

| 53 min

In this feature-length documentary, acclaimed filmmaker Dorothy Todd Hénaut chronicles a critical two-year period in the lives of her parents, Mildred and Bob Todd. The Todds, retired octogenarians, live a simple but full life by the river in rural Ontario until a sudden change in their health forces a change in their lives. Their old routine of tending the garden and visiting with friends is replaced by hospital stays and home care. And even though the couple’s tenderness and mutual care soften the reality of diminishing strength, Hénaut’s film reveals a gritty, sensitive look at the human aging process.

  • director
    Dorothy Todd Henaut
  • camera
    Dorothy Todd Henaut
  • narrator
    Dorothy Todd Henaut
  • producer
    Sally Bochner
    Dorothy Todd Henaut
  • executive producer
    Don Haig
  • animation camera
    Lynda Pelley
  • sound
    Hans Oomes
  • editing
    Teresa de Luca
  • sound editing
    Paul Demers
  • re-recording
    Louis Hone
    Nathalie Morin
  • animation
    Jane Churchill
  • music
    Alain Bellaïche


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