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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Makin' Movies
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 53 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2010
Available in French: No

Scottish-born 82-year-old May and her daughter Gloria (59) have lived in Canada for many years. The August Years is a compassionate and intimate documentary which tells their heart-warming, humorous and often difficult story as they make the decision to move away from loved ones in Canada and back to the family they left behind in Scotland.

After the death of her father, Gloria moved in with her mother May to “look after her”. It soon becomes clear that widow and divorcee, Gloria, needs May just as much as May needs her.

Even when faced with the prospect of leaving Canada, the onset of Alzheimer’s and old age, May remains touchingly upbeat, full of life and laughter throughout the programme. Only when the reality of leaving Canada, her husband’s grave, and her beloved budgie hits May, do we see her break down. As everyone gathers to say goodbye, Gloria’s sacrifices are clearly shown as she leaves children and grand-children behind to join her sister in Edinburgh.

The August Years of May and Gloria, shows the audience there can be humour and happiness in everyone’s “august years”. Viewers will see first hand the love and respect May and Gloria have for each other, but also the resentment that can grow on both sides. By their own admission they are like “a married couple” and their tears, laughter and memories and shared in this special documentary.

It is the story of a true Scottish ‘homecoming’.

May’s daughter Gloria speaks candidly about their relationship: “If you had told me years ago I would be spending all this time with my mother, I would have said no-way, no. But we did. I was a widow and she was a widow. She needed me and I needed her.”


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