Three Things You Need To Know Before Watching THE PATRON SAINTS Documentary
I love documentaries. There is something to be said about real life stories that are conveyed in a cinematic fashion and today’s documentaries fit that bill. When I had the opportunity of screening THE PATRON SAINTS, a documentary about life inside a nursing home depicted realistically, I thought to myself: “Ok, this looks slightly creepy but what the heck, I might end up there one day; might as well know what I am in for.” So with that said, here are three things you need to know before watching The Patron Saints.
The Patron Saints is very unusual in how it handles the realism of a nursing home and by that I mean, that it not only captures the seemingly inherent despair and sadness of the place but it does so in a eerie hyperealistic cinematic way that just gives you the chills. In some instances, I would say that they kept it too real as you wanted to look away or even plug your ears.
The filmakers do not speak or interact with the residents on camera. They just seem to place their cameras there and let it roll. The only narration we hear is from one of the more recent residents who comments on the other residents we see throughout the movie in the most sad and monotone voice you have ever heard. All of it punctuated with weird unsettling fits of laughter. It actually adds to the strange atmosphere of the place.
There is no sugar coating this one. This movie will depress the hell out of you. It took me a few days to get over it quite frankly. If you put aside the look and feel of the movie, you end up with the fact that you are watching some people at the end of their lives; so forget the crap you see in Hallmark movies or on AARP commercials, it’s not pretty to watch.
So you have been warned, when The Patron Saints comes to a theater or TV near you, these are the things you need to know before watching it. Now does that mean that I hated it? No. But then again, I didn’t love it either. Any movie that reminds me of my mortality for an hour straight is not going to win any awards from me but maybe it might win some from you.
In the meantime, check out a teaser of the film below: