"Filmed with such intimacy and discretion, I've never seen something so tender... This film is a marvel! It had everything to satisfy me, in its execution and the grace of its characters... I cried, but I cried with a feeling of relief, because I felt less alone... "
"Tenderness, wonder, connection & dignity... honest stories that inspire not by manipulation, but by human beings fumbling their way toward something beautiful... a documentary about remarkable love that endures through all challenges... a beautiful film about beautiful people." Richard Propes, The Independent Critic
“Martin Duckworth spent decades telling other people's truths. But the former NFB director is actually in front of the camera for some of his most compelling and candid moments in cinema... Anyone who watches Dear Audrey will undoubtedly conclude that Hayes is a masterful filmmaker”. Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight
"What an extraordinary and moving film. It is so exquisitely and artistically crafted. The animation is perfectly integrated; the soundtrack and music fit the film like a glove; it is seamlessly edited; the choice of shots, archives and images is so thoughtful and intentional. And the pacing is so perfectly in tune with the content that it almost feels like breathing. I can’t imagine a more authentic tribute to Audrey and Martin or to the unconditional love which is at the essence of their story. Not a false note. Dear Audrey celebrates the very best the human heart has to offer — and with such compassion, artistry and grace. Such a beautiful film".
Terre Nash, Oscar-winning director
“The central force of Dear Audrey is the eternal, almost implacable force of love that binds people together through the most difficult times. It is this energy, emanating out in a thousand small ways, that lies at the heart of the film. Mysterious and ordinary, invisible yet undeniable.”
Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee
“It's impossible to watch 90 minutes of this documentary, (celebrated by the Montreal public during the last RIDM with the People's Choice Award), without being overwhelmed by its sweetness and generosity. Through this very beautiful film, about this so beautiful love”.
Silvia Galipeau, La Press - Montreal
“There are numerous reasons to see this up close and personal account… This love story will bring you joy, hope, tears and humility in a thoughtful and well-captured manner. A brilliantly made film by director Jeremiah Hayes, an artist whose work you must see.” Dr. Jen Hammersmark, Mind Your Madness
"When beautiful people come into our lives you never want them to leave... They become your oxygen... Dear Audrey is a film that says all of that. A very personal diary caught on film with so many amazing lessons, stories, emotions with pain and celebration intertwined." Darren Wiesner, Hollywood North Magazine
“Written, shot and edited by filmmaker, Jeremiah Hayes, 'Dear Audrey' is a beautiful homage to Audrey, to the couple's love and their family. But the film also serves as a tribute to Martin Duckworth - a legendary cinematographer, filmmaker and activist”. Nantali Indongo, CBC
“...Eminently personal and moving… It certainly took a lot of tact for Jeremiah Hayes to successfully penetrate such rich lives. Responsible for everything, (camera, editor, sound, & producer), Hayes puts his tools in service of the story... This discreet camera always in the right place”. Robert Daudelin, 24 Images
"Hayes’s patience pays off in many small, but profound moments over the course of the film... Hayes has crafted a film that shifts the thinking around Alzheimer’s: that it is not a sentence of darkness and hopelessness. That there can be tenderness and dignity within the journey".
Janet Smith, Stir Vancouver
“This moving feature film… Tender, heartbreaking, but luminous, the film is a real tribute to this couple… The film also reveals the remarkable career of Martin Duckworth and his life marked by an extraordinary determination”. Anik Moulin, Radio Canada
“People’s Choice Award winner... Dear Audrey offers a picture of a relationship involving a partner with Alzheimer’s that defies stereotypes... Hayes shows them in a kind of perpetual dance.... As Hayes’s doc gracefully interweaves stories about the couple’s relationship”. Maurie Alioff, POV Magazinew
"Dear Audrey is a poignant chronicle of the Montreal documentarian's efforts in caring for his partner of nearly 50 years, who was in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease... Dear Audrey is the sort of story, uplifting but never maudlin, that would have attracted Duckworth’s attention". Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette
“She caresses his back... his hair, his face. He smiles, and returns her caresses. Audrey Schirmer and Martin Duckworth share their on-screen love, the complicity that unites them in the final years of their life together... Duckworth's life story reads like a feature movie script". Sonia Bolduc, La Tribune
"The filmmaker's camera always remains modest, moving away during more painful moments, coming closer during moments of tenderness. Beautiful, touching ... 'Dear Audrey' is a testament to what Audrey was and what she remains forever".
Rob Wilson, The Bobr Times
"It reveals extraordinary lives - truths are told - the astonishing images and words will be in my heart - must see again to find yet another deeper level - love and awareness of humanity."
Carole Sabiston, Saidye Bronfman Award winning artist
“People’s Choice Award-winning ‘Dear Audrey‘, is an at once ethereal reflection on the enduring power of love, and unblinking revelation of life’s sometimes steel-cold realities.” Chris Cook, Gorilla Radio
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