Allelujah [Blu-ray] [2023] [Region Free]

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Allelujah [Blu-ray] [2023] [Region Free]

Allelujah [Blu-ray] [2023] [Region Free]

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Allelujah celebrates the spirit of the elderly patients whilst paying tribute to the deep humanity of the medical staff battling with limited resources and ever-growing demand.

The film stars Jennifer Saunders, Bally Gill, Russell Tovey, David Bradley, Derek Jacobi, and Judi Dench. For the most part, it’s a heartwarming piece about the indomitable human spirit and the beauty of old age, criticising the prioritisation of profit over people and celebrating the efforts of the NHS in the face of a government that works against their best interests and the interests of those in its care. A frail incontinent woman named Molly is admitted to the Beth and initially looked after by Valentine, but tended to by Alma the following night. Further, the film is constantly compromised by its attempts to barb its bouquets of community cutesiness with polemical punches.But it is facing closure from hardfaced Whitehall bean-counters who want giant cost-efficient hospitals or glitzy “centres of excellence” with measurable success rates. Alma is jailed for life, and the Beth is closed, with its residents being moved to various other facilities.

Derek Jacobi is on sparkling form as a retired schoolmaster with a love for grammatical nitpicking; Dame Judi Dench’s retired librarian and marginalia enthusiast Mary is an underseen but delightful presence; while David Bradley’s curmudgeonly ex-miner Joe, whose gay Tory son ( Russell Tovey) just so happens to be responsible for determining The Beth’s future, is a study in subtlety, Joe's entrenched homophobia untangled in surprising ways over the film’s course. Humble, unglamorous geriatric care is however about vulnerable patients who are heading just one way, and their treatment crucially involves kindness and compassion which have nothing to do with the bottom line. While the juxtaposition of the twist and the saccharine goings-on in the rest of the film is shocking, it also makes the lead-up to the concluding thesis feel toothless and non-committal in comparison, imbuing it with something of an identity crisis that compromises the effectiveness of its noble message. The star cast of Allelujah are : Jennifer Saunders, Lorraine Ashbourne, Russell Tovey, David Bradley, Nicholas Burns, Derek Jacobi, Vincent Franklin, Gerard Horan, Jeffery Kissoon, Julia McKenzie, Arian Nik, Amanda Root and Ross Tomlinson.Upon this news, the hospital decides to fight back, galvanising the local community by inviting a news crew to film their preparations for a concert in honour of the hospital’s most distinguished nurse. When The Beth, a geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital, comes under threat of closure due to continuing NHS cuts, staff and residents alike — spearheaded by Sister Gilpin (Jennifer Saunders) and Dr Valentine (Bally Gill) — band together to fight for the hospital’s future. Bally Gill plays the genuinely caring Dr Valentine and Jennifer Saunders is the formidable, no-nonsense ward sister Gilpin who runs a tight ship.

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