Scene from the film The Patron Saints
Scene from the film The Patron Saints
Scene from the film The Patron Saints

The Patron Saints

  • Canada
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The film has screened at the Toronto film festival (TIFF) and Rotterdam film festival.

Bold and unremitting in its depiction of the elderly, The Patron Saints eschews our hyper-individualistic culture obsessed with youth. Taking a head-on approach, husband-and-wife duo Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky peer with fly-on-the-wall access into the beige, featureless corridors of a nursing home, presenting an uneasy yet impactful 'portrait of fading bodies and minds.' Forgoing conventional documentary modes for a poetic treatment of the aging, the residents here, shot over the course of five years, are captured with a disconcerting deadpan realism—candid depictions not unlike Larry Clark’s bruising sexually active teenagers in Kids(1995). Jim, the youngest resident, a paralyzed man who has been in and out of institutions his entire life, is our humble, wisecracking narrator and guide. A startling wake-up call that takes up permanent residence in the mind, The Patron Saints unearths a rare beauty in the bleakest of places. — Justin Mah


  • Original Title
    The Patron Saints
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky
  • Cinematography
    Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky
  • Editing
    Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky, Lance Edmands
  • Sound
    Nicholas Sjostrom
  • Runtime
    72 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Toronto International Film Festival
    • International FIlm Festival Rotterdam
    • RIDM (Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal)
    • Planete Doc Film Festival
    • BAMcinemaFest
    • DOXA
    • Cork Film Festival
    • Nashville Film Festival
    • Maryland Film Festival
    • Sarasota Film Festival
    • Rooftop Films
    • Play-Doc
    • FIDBA
    • MiradasDoc
  • Awards
    • RIDM (Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal), Planete Doc Film Festival is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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