As the WA premiere of Aussie flick June Again started to unfold on the big screen I was beginning to wonder if “comedy” was the right genre to describe the film. The opening scenes of the film had no comedic undertones at all. In fact some members of the audience stared up at the screen misty-eyed and we were only five or so minutes in. The film shows main character June Wilton (Noni Hazlehurst) struggling to recognise her grandchildren as they come to visit her in an aged care home where she has been living for the past five years. It soon becomes clear sweet June has dementia and it’s heartbreaking to watch as she can’t remember the names of simple everyday items — or worse, her family. Written and directed by JJ Winlove and produced by Jamie Hilton, Michael Pontin and Drew Bailey, the film follows June as she experiences an episode of lucidity, temporarily snapping back to her old self with no sign of a faltering memory. Much to their amazement, June re-enters the lives of her adult children Ginny (Claudia Karvan) and Devon (Stephen Curry) and quickly learns a lot has changed in her absence. The raw portrayal of dementia, complete with all the highs and lows the illness brings, clearly struck a chord with the audience, with the theatre erupting in applause as the credits rolled. Hazlehurst was spectacular. Her range of emotion, from sombre to silly, proved her talent as an actor. There is a theme of forgiveness interlaced throughout the 99-minute film, an exploration of how to carry on when family situations get tough. In a filmmaker Q&A session after the screening, Hilton said he had never seen June Again as a “dementia movie”, rather as a coming-of-age film for an older woman. There was never a moment during the film that seemed insincere, with Winlove finding a perfect balance between heartfelt and hilarious. This movie about memory has been released in a year we won’t forget, and it provides some moments that might make you think about your loved ones, especially elderly parents or grandparents. My advice is to have some tissues handy when you get around to watching June Again as it will have you laughing and crying — not necessarily in that order.