IN THE PRESS

“Tells a powerful tale of dedication…through the eyes of workers and clients caught in our woefully inadequate home health care system.”

– Cynthia Dagnal-Myron, Huffington Post

“Superb…It’s every frame bursts with pathos and humanity…. it is a documentary that is impossible to watch at a remove.”

– Sam Weisberg, Screen Comment

“Passionate, intimate, uplifting and yet at the same time heart-breaking and profoundly chilling…Care is Deirdre Fishel’s captivating look at homecare in the U.S.A.”

– Martin Parson, Fohnhouse

“Timely and touching…Fishel captures the day-to-day routines of domiciliary care with intimacy and compassion,…It is an indictment of the system…(and) a celebration of those who do this vital but unheralded work.”

– Daniel Palmer, The State of the Arts Review

“With exquisite sensitivity Care deftly weaves the stories of two elderly women and two chronically disabled men with those of the four women paid to care for them. In spite of the geographic, racial, income, and ethnic diversity of the subjects, their struggles spring from a single source: the lack of value given to care. There are many deeply affecting moments of compassion and human connection in Care. Surrendering to the care of others requires immense courage and faith in the basic kindness of strangers. Preserving the dignity of another person, even when it means heartbreak, loss, and, living in a shelter, is a heroic act. Our need for each other emerges as the defining transcendent mark of our common humanity.”

– Riane Eisler and Valerie Jung, Huffington Post

“Care reveals the strong bond between patients and carers, and how their strong relationship can help both sides to overcome their personal difficulties…There is sensitivity and human dignity even in the most vulnerable moments. The powerful images and intimate confessions never feel exploitative. Fishel has a talent for rescuing human values.”

– Tiago Di Mauro, D Movies

“Raising a lot of questions, Care forces us to ponder how we are going to live out our remaining years, especially if we don’t have family who can or are willing to help us out…the bells this film set off in me make it very hard for me to talk about, this is one of the most thought provoking films at DOC NYC (this year).”

– Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

“Deirdre Fishel’s documentary Care shows both sides of the failing system. The situation is bleak, though it is uplifting to see the intimate bonds that form as caregivers do everything from bathing their clients to providing companionship in their final years. If the title is read as an instruction, the film makes sure the audience follows it.”

— Zach Rausnitz, Washington City Paper