Adele and Everything After (2017)
By Livia Peterson
Melissa Dowler's Adele and Everything After is a beautiful portrait of how service dogs assist their owners, which enjoyed a brief Wisconsin premiere at Andrea Thompson's Second Annual Milwaukee Women's Film Festival in September 2017.
The woman Marty was diagnosed with an untreatable heart condition, commonly known as, malignant neurocardiogenic vasovagal syncope. One of the many symptoms is constant fainting and consequently, Marty enlists the help of Darlene Sullivan, the executive director and founder of Canine Partners for Life (CPL). Through the help of CPL, Marty was able to discover and bond Adele, her companion and service dog for nine years. Adele prepares for retirement, and Marty returns to CPL training to bond with Hector.
Through heartbreaking interviews and footage and re-creation scenes, it is easy for one to fall in love with Adele and Hector and feel sympathetic toward Marty. The initial twenty minutes explores Marty's backstory and thus, one may be more than ready when the emotional gut punch arrives during the conclusion. Natural and raw emotions are on display, instead of relying on the usual artifical, cloying sentiments. The doc provides some conventionalism and yet, forgivable in every sense of the word due to the emotional oomph is well earned.
We may not realize how much service dogs accomplish for their owners, regardless of the visible and invisible disabilities. Adele and Everything After impeccably examines the triumphs and tribulations of service dogs without the sugarcoating. Not only does Adele touch on a topic rarely discussed in film, it undeniably cultivates women behind and in front of the camera. A-
Adele and Everything After will premiere via Amazon and iTunes on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in North America. International and theatrical release dates are to be determined.