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Praise for Kings Point

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“It’s a magnificent film. It is the wake-up call we all need to understand the mindsets of our parents and grandparents as they contemplate the final stages of their lives.”

The Huffington Post

“More than anything, this heartbreaking documentary astonishes with its language—some of the lines are so expertly crafted that you almost have to pinch yourself to remember they’re not scripted speech.”

Chicago Tribune

“Sari Gilman intends Kings Point to prompt discussions about people’s futures as they age. That’s a tough thing to get Americans to do, but watching Kings Point shows why it matters.”

The New York Times

“A fellow resident, sizing up her neighbors’ social mores, opines, ‘Self-preservation is number one, always.’ That statement is as unsentimental as the film itself, which evokes feelings of loss and hope without straining for pathos; the shock for young viewers may be that these seniors’ concerns—social cliques, nervous courtship—are a mirror of many of their own.”

Chicago Tribune

“It’s a profoundly brave and unsentimental work of exploration, one that assumes that old people have all the same desires, dreams and needs as younger ones. And I know that it should be seen by those who build retirement homes and those who live in them, and most of all by those who might wind up in them one day. Which adds up, if I’m not mistaken, to pretty much everybody.”

“When we get to a certain age—kids launched or launching, our own parents frail or gone from us—it’s only natural to start wondering about how the years are going to go and what we will do with the rest of them. Kings Point makes you think even harder about those questions.”

Los Angeles Times

“The physical structure of the retirement community model as pictured in Kings Point, which tends to include age-segregated housing facilities, is at best unsustainable (two-story condos were built without elevators, a design flaw that had to be fixed at great expense as the residents aged.) At worst, it’s an architecture of endemic loneliness. We watch as the four women and one man who are the subjects of Gilman’s film experience the kind of isolation that these developments promised to eradicate.”

Atlantic Cities


With Kings Point, director Sari Gilman tells the stories of five seniors living in a typical American retirement resort—men and women who came to Florida decades ago with their spouses by their sides and their health intact, and now find themselves grappling with love, loss and the universal desire for human connection. A bittersweet look at our national obsession with self-reliance, Kings Point explores the dynamic tension between living and aging—between our desire for independence and our need for community—and underscores our powerful ambivalence toward growing old. 

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