Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Two Elder Movies
However would I keep up without you guys who read this blog? Today's post is entirely the result of two readers.
There seems in recent years to have been a slight uptick in new movies – good movies, at that - about old people. Too many are about sickness - especially Altzheimer's disease – than about living but it's still a good thing that more are being produced.
Deb, who blogs at Simple Not Easy emailed a while back to tell me about Still
Here Mine starring James Cromwell as an 89-year-old who goes up against local regulatory authorities as he tries to build a house for his wife, played by Genevieve Bujold.
As Deb described it in her email:
”This is a lovely film about a couple in their 80s, married 61 years, still in love, and still making love. Really the first time I've ever seen such a loving and beautiful portrayal of physical love between old people.”
Here is another review and this is the official trailer:
Alas, however long Still Mine played in my area this summer, I missed it and it's gone now.
Few movies about elders are distributed as widely as the 2011 feel-good film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, so we are often stuck waiting for them to show up on television (hard to know where and when) or on Netflix (hardly ever). So I'll probably indulge in purchasing the DVD soon.
Another TGB reader, Ali, emailed about Last Tango in Halifax. It's not a theatrical movie; it's a six-episode TV series produced by the BBC that aired in England last fall and is currently being broadcast on some PBS stations in the United States.
The romantic comedy stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as former sweethearts, each now widowed and in their 70s, who are reunited after 60 years.
I watched the first episode online. Yes, hooked me. Somehow I missed the second episode (I'll watch it online too) and have now set my DVR to record the remaining four so I won't miss any more on what I laughingly call my big screen.
Here is The New York Times review and here's a trailer for the first episode:
If your PBS station is not broadcasting the series or you want to catch up before episode three, you can view them online here.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Florence Hart Millo: New Clothes