The Way We Get By

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Released 2009

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2009
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The Way We Get By is a documentary film that was released in 2009. The film documents the journey of three senior citizens from Bangor Maine who devote their time to greeting US troops. Produced by Gita Pullapilly and directed by Aron Gaudet, the film follows its three protagonists as they meet troops at a modest airport in Maine. Although the story follows their support of the troops, it also depicts the lives of the three characters away from the airport. We learn that Joan Gaudet (whose son is the films director) forms close bonds with the troops, and feels that she would 'be lost' without the visits to the troops. The films shows World War II veteran Bill Knight struggle with his mounting debts and Jerry Mundy's positive attitude in times of hardship. The film covers big issues including loneliness, debt, redemption, and heartbreak, but the films main theme is the unsung heroism of its main characters.

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  • 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.

  • 70

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Unfailingly modest and profoundly humane, The Way We Get By profiles three people over 70 whose lives have been changed by a simple act of service.

  • 70

    Variety

    Although the trio's work as "troop greeters" is the film's ostensible subject, their renewed and somewhat tenuous sense of purpose gives the doc its bite.

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    Documentary, Drama

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    Miscellaneous, Military & War