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MARTINEZ RIERA, José Ramón. Elderly people through the cinema. Gerokomos [online]. 2017, vol.28, n.2, pp.56-62.  Epub 09-Nov-2020. ISSN 1134-928X.

This article takes a look at the different stages of aging and the life of the elderly through the cinema.

Cinema is an art that transmits ideas through storytelling, through images that impact on the psycho-emotional aspect of people.

The cinema places us in scenarios where human relationships are shown, in contexts difficult to reproduce, which allow us to explore the sphere of feelings in the face of health-disease situations, to put ourselves in place of the “other”: the person who dreams, suffers and suffers, the professionals involved, the family that lives, cares, suffers with the sick, friends...

And among those scenarios, undoubtedly, is the process of aging and the different factors that influence it. And yet it does not usually pay too much attention to the contribution that cinema has made and performs as an element of reflection, analysis, debate and learning, beyond the mere entertainment in which cinema is often framed.

But how has cinema treated older people? How do you approach the interrelations of older people with their environment, their family, their health-illness process, their fears, their emotions? Do you treat older people the same regardless of gender? And what can be more interesting, does the film contribute to mitigate or eliminate the topics and stereotypes existing in the common imaginary around the elderly?

Palavras-chave : aging; older people; cinema; movies; emotions.

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