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Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter
A film by Deborah Hoffmann
1994, 44 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99297
With profound insight and a healthy dose of levity, COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER chronicles the various stages of a mother's Alzheimer's Disease and the evolution of a daughter's response to the illness. The desire to cure the incurable-to set right her mother's confusion and forgetfulness, to temper her mother's obsessiveness-gives way to an acceptance which is finally liberating for both daughter and mother. Neither depressing nor medical, COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER is much more than a story about Alzheimer's and family caregiving. It is ultimately a life-affirming exploration of family relations, aging and change, the meaning of memory, and love.


Peabody Award, 1995
Academy Award Nominated

  • Emmy Award, Outstanding News Documentary Program
  • HeSCA Media Award, First Prize
  • National Council on Family Relations, First Prize (Aging)
  • International Health and Medical Film Festival, Coping Award
  • Columbus Film and Video Festival, Chris Award for Best Health & Medical Film
  • Columbus Film and Video Festival, Christopher Columbus Award for Most Creative of Festival
  • International Federation of Aging, First Prize Media Festival
  • Berlin Film Festival
  • Chicago Film Festival, Silver Plaque (Social/Political Documentary)
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Cinema du Reel, Paris

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    "This is the best film about Alzheimer's disease that I've seen, and I've seen quite a few...I too would have nominated Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter for one of the year's best documentaries."
    Gene Siskel
    Chicago Tribune

    "Unflinchingly honest...a film that will give hope to Alzheimer's caregivers as well as early-stage Alzheimer's patients."
    Marcia Freedman
    American Society on Aging

    "Hoffmann has made a loving, optimistic and authentic film about her mother, and the struggles to adjust to the changes wrought by Alzheimer's disease"
    William Fisher
    Alzheimer's Association, Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

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