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question of the day: What films best celebrate dignity at the end of life?

Les Miserables Anne Hathaway Hugh Jackman

Today’s question comes from mefinx, who writes:

Having been wowed by the death scene at the end of Les Mis, how about asking people to nominate their favourite movies celebrating dignity and independence towards the end of life? My list would include :

Ikiru (Living), director: Akira Kuwosawa (1952)

Gran Torino, director: Clint Eastwood (2009)

Up, directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson (2009)

The final scene of Les Misérables is indeed a heartbreaker for many reasons, and at the moment, that’s the one that looms in my mind when thinking about this.

What films best celebrate dignity at the end of life?

Have respectful and dignified fun…

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