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1 hr. 24 min.

Plot Summary
This documentary chronicles a group of tireless senior citizens who devote their time to comforting U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. At an airport in Bangor, Maine, the retirees turn out every time an airplane carrying an American soldier arrives, providing the young men and women with meals, cell phones to call home and rounds of applause. The film also explores the home lives of the seniors, who are confronted with familial and health-related concerns of their own.

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Director: Aron Gaudet

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: International Film Circuit [us]

The Way We Get By (2009)

Release Date: July 17th, 2009|1 hr. 24 min.

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  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Becomes a bracing portrait of three fascinating individuals who use this work as a means to keep living. show more

  • 88
    Washington Post

    Not so much a slice of life as the whole pie, the highs and lows of twilight living, all found and filmed in a terminal at an airport in Maine. What a country. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Watching them issue hugs produces an involuntary response. You want to hug them, too. show more

  • October 30, 2009 RDever8708
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    This film shows how much America has grown up since I was in Vietnam. You can be against the war and love the men and women who serve. This is an inspiration to future generations on how to treat those who choose to serve.

  • August 31, 2009 vikefan
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    This beautiful film serves as an example of why the World War II generation is one of the greatest generations that ever was...and is.

  • July 17, 2009 Mediatra
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    There is even NO close second to this film. WOW

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