1. This feature-length POV documentary explores a complicated friendship between Hungarian-born best friends who cope very differently with their shared dark past.

    Olga, Hedy, Inge, Eva and Edit are elderly widows who live by themselves, but they know where the party is. In their late 80’s and 90's, the five gather daily as friends, neighbours, confidantes, fiercely competitive Gin Rummy opponents, beauty parlour denizens and ‘belles of the mall’ –that is, Cavendish Mall, the epicentre of Montreal’s Cote St. Luc neighbourhood. They also share a traumatic past as prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII, from which they narrowly escaped.

    Through first-person interviews as well as a weaving of storytelling by her friends, we learn about each of the women, her survival story, immigration experience, history in Montreal, and her post-traumatic coping mechanisms, yielding a rich representation of a distinct society of women and its collective life lessons.

    Filmed over a series of card games in their homes, visits to the salon, shopping mall and a road trip to the Ottawa War Museum. We learn that these ladies are no strangers to tragedy but their days together are rife with humour. They may be the best of friends, but most admit they don't always really like one another. This is a story of friendship; and a POV character study of four very different attitudes toward dealing with hardship.

    Subjects:

    Olga the no-nonsense, brutally honest ringleader of the bunch, has tough rules. She is also very generous, supplying the group with lunches and dinners homemade with her hard-working hands.

    Edit, who attributes a natural-born talent for languages for saving her life, is a gentle, reflective and wise woman who ran a coffee shop in a Montreal medical clinic for decades while doing her bit to neutralize racism and anti-semitism.

    Hedy, a peppy optimist and group organiser, keeps her friends from descending into the complaints of old age aches and pains, loneliness and unsolicited telephone sales.

    Inge is a sensitive soul. Her friends have nicknamed her Princess and are trusted with Inge's little complaints. She rarely wins at cards, but unfailingly shows up to watch the action in her skilfully-applied makeup and elegant dress.

    Eva, ever mischievous and of failing health, calls her walker her “boyfriend”. She is trying to maintain independence by sneaking back into in her own home and breaking her car out of the garage despite family and doctor’s strict edicts to stay in her care facility and to turn in her driver’s license.

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This POV documentary explores a complicated friendship between Hungarian-born best friends who cope very differently with their shared dark past.

Olga, Hedy, Inge, Eva and Edit are elderly widows who live by themselves, but they know where the party…


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This POV documentary explores a complicated friendship between Hungarian-born best friends who cope very differently with their shared dark past.

Olga, Hedy, Inge, Eva and Edit are elderly widows who live by themselves, but they know where the party is. In their late 80’s and 90's, the five gather daily as friends, neighbours, confidantes, fiercely competitive Gin Rummy opponents, beauty parlour denizens and ‘belles of the mall’ –that is, Cavendish Mall, the epicentre of Montreal’s Cote St. Luc neighbourhood. They also share a traumatic past as prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII, from which they narrowly escaped.

Through first-person interviews as well as a weaving of storytelling by her friends, we learn about each of the women, her survival story, immigration experience, history in Montreal, and her post-traumatic coping mechanisms, yielding a rich representation of a distinct society of women and its collective life lessons.

Filmed over a series of card games in their homes, visits to the salon, shopping mall and a road trip to the Ottawa War Museum, we learn that while these ladies are no strangers to tragedy, their days together are rife with humour. While they may be the best of friends, most admit they don't always really like one another. This is a story of friendship and survival.

Subjects:

Olga the no-nonsense, brutally honest ringleader of the bunch, has tough rules. She is also very generous, supplying the group with lunches and dinners homemade with her hard-working hands.

Edit, who attributes a natural-born talent for languages for saving her life, is a gentle, reflective and wise woman who ran a coffee shop in a Montreal medical clinic for decades while doing her bit to neutralize racism and anti-semitism.

Hedy, a peppy optimist and group organiser, keeps her friends from descending into the complaints of old age aches and pains, loneliness and unsolicited telephone sales.

Inge is a sensitive soul. Her friends have nicknamed her Princess and are trusted with Inge's little complaints. She rarely wins at cards, but unfailingly shows up to watch the action in her skilfully-applied makeup and elegant dress.

Eva, ever mischievous and of failing health, calls her walker her “boyfriend”. She is trying to maintain independence by sneaking back into in her own home and breaking her car out of the garage despite family and doctor’s strict edicts to stay in her care facility and to turn in her driver’s license.

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