Run Granny Run

Run Granny Run

Marlo Poras / USA / 2007 / 77 min

We all love underdogs (well at least here in Scotland), who fight the good fight. So Granny D. is straight up our road, with her 94 years and who is running in the election for senate against the hardcore conservative. At the same time, she is campaigning against funding from special interest groups,too, and walking through the US and her state in protest. The film is a light-hearted, for all audiences enjoyable documentary about people power.

The film has a good pace, is never boring and is nicely cut and edited. However, I feel the story is kind of superficially presented, when there could be so much more to say and tell. Granny D’s husband had Alzheimer’s, now her daughter has got it, but these circumstances are brushed over. Also we never really meet the grandchildren of Granny D. or get to know the original aims of her decision to stand for election against the unbeatable famous Republican.

rating 4/5


One Response

  1. Joe Cary
    Joe Cary August 30, 2007 at 4:07 pm |

    I take issue with:
    I feel the story is kind of superficially presented, when there could be so much more to say and tell. Granny D’s husband had Alzheimer’s, now her daughter has got it, but these circumstances are brushed over. Also we never really meet the grandchildren of Granny D. or get to know the original aims of her decision to stand for election against the unbeatable famous Republican.

    Ulla, I’m sorry to ask, but did you take a johnny break during the film? Superficial it wasn’t. This was an intimate portrait of the American campaign system and Granny D’s passion for an America – of, for, and by, the people. Alzheimer was not brushed over but dealt with in a gentle compassionate way that needed no further explanation. The pain was painfully obvious. The whole film resonates with the reasons why Granny chose to run for office. The country needs a change and what better way to make a change than be part of the system. (I think, if you want to know her grandchildren you can e-mail Granny for a picture or whatever!) “Work for Democracy” as she would say!


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