The Personals

HBO Signature, April 25

When first-time filmmaker Keiko Ibi claimed her Oscar last month for this documentary short, she charmed audiences with her unvarnished manner. Clearly, she had a similar effect on her subjects--a group of now single senior citizens living on Manhattan's Lower East Side--who speak with touching candor here about love and loss in the years when middle age is a fond memory. Ibi never patronizes these men and women; she just allows them to wish--and be wistful.

--By Ginia Bellafante

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