DVD: Is Anybody There?, Retail & Rental, (Optimum)

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The Independent Culture

Michael Caine gives one of his most self-effacing and moving performances, as a man suffering from Alzheimer's disease, whose arrival in a retirement home has a profound effect on the young boy whose family runs the place.

Caine is "The Amazing Clarence", a retired magician and still-grieving widower, as irascible as the boy, Edward, is petulant. At first they clash. Then this lonely pair discover common ground. A modest, affecting film, whose success rests on solid performances.