In this tender coming-of-age drama based on a true story, a Jewish boy finds friendship, camaraderie and safety in the shelter of a children’s hospital in Nazi-occupied France.
The Last Poker Game
“Refreshingly candid” - Paste Magazine
Dr. Abe Mandelbaum (Martin Landau in his final performance) moves into a nursing home with his wife, Molly, whose health is deteriorating. There, he forms an improbable relationship with gambler and womaniser, Phil Nicoletti (Paul Sorvino). While at first Abe feels that moving into the home is the end of the road, he soon realises that his life is finding a whole new beginning.
The two men’s friendship is challenged when a mysterious nurse claims that her biological father resides in the home. Without children of their own, both Abe and Phil jump at the chance to convince Angela, and themselves, that they are her father.
Warm and joyous, The Last Poker Game is written and directed by world renowned neurologist, Howard Weiner, whose wealth of experience permeates the film with a remarkable veracity.
90 mins / English
Director — Howard Weiner