"Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?" sang a twentysomething
For Jason DaSilva, the documentary filmmaker behind "When I Walk," McCartney's question is neither abstract nor remote. Diagnosed with
"When I Walk" is a diaristic account of DaSilva's first six years with MS, from the moment he suddenly falls over during a family vacation to the end of editing this film. It hits the perfect balance between explaining what it's like to live with the disease and depicting himself as an individual with a particular family life and ambitions.
"You mollycoddled North American kid!" DaSilva's mother scolds when he admits that continuing his documentary work might prove intolerable. But instead of applauding him for finishing the film despite failing eyesight and manual paralysis, let us do so because, by any measure, "When I Walk" is extraordinarily accomplished, poignant, and wise.
"When I Walk"
MPAA rating: None
Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Playing: Laemmle's Music Hall, Beverly Hills.