Magazine article U.S. Catholic

5 Flights Up

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

5 Flights Up

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Directed by Richard Loncraine (Focus World, 2015)


For fans of The Shawshank Redemption, Morgan Freeman's narration of 5 Flights Up is disconcerting. In both films, Freeman reflects on the past 40 years while facing uncertainty in the years to come. Instead of a character about to leave prison, however, 5 Flights Up focuses on aging married couple Alex (Freeman) and Ruth (Diane Keaton), who are deciding if they want to leave their now-coveted Brooklyn apartment that is five flights up with no elevator.

Alex struggles with the decision to leave behind the home where they began their married life. The rapidity with which their realtor races through offers on their apartment and on a new place doesn't sit well with Alex. He needs a minute to think about what he and his wife want next from life.

Woven throughout are flashbacks of Alex and Ruth's life together. Claire van der Boom's nuanced performance as the young Ruth is remarkable. …

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