5 Flights Up is the kind of film that looks better on paper than it really is on the screen. Morgan Freeman as Alex Carver and Diane Keaton as Ruth Carver, play a couple who have been married for 40 years. Through all those years, they’ve lived in the same two bedroom, fifth floor, walk up apartment.
He’s a painter (portraits are his specialty) and she’s a retired NYC school teacher. They’ve grown old together, and are ready to turn over a new page in their lives. They’ve no children at least not the human kind. In lieu of children, they’ve an older dog named Dorothy, and their struggling tomato plants in their rooftop garden.
While neither is in bad health, the long hike up to their apartment is a lot more tiring now than it had been. Plus their Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood is changing. As Alex narrates in an…
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