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ElderMovie List Update

With the help of many readers, the ElderMovie List is an exceptional collection. I hope everyone will consider it their own and send suggestions for additions as you find them.

Keep in mind the criteria: Features or documentaries…

  • about being old or getting old
  • with elder characters that are well acted or portrayed
  • that may not be about aging overall, but include good scenes about or with elders
  • that add to our understanding of or celebrate what getting older is really like
  • that do not demean elders

Five more films have been added to the ElderMovie List this week. Some others are being considered. When additions are made, they will be marked for a week or two with a “new” button:

Anyone is welcome to add the list to their blog. Just please label it The TGB ElderMovie List with a link back to Time Goes By.

You can send suggestions for new listings to ronni AT timegoesby DOT net.


One of the Austin art theaters is featuring the "Boyton Beach Club" this week - apparently they took out the word "Bereavement" before moving into more general distribution.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

This is a great reference for any movie viewing I may do. Glad to see some listed which are new to me, or that I haven't yet seen.

BTW I'm still discovering your home page here is a gold mine with links, not only to many interesting older posts from you, other blogs, but also other links to special sites on the Internet. Thanks a lot!

I'm not sure how I failed to include After Life (1998 fantasy/drama) in my suggestions. Kore-eda was inspired to make it after dealing with his grandmother who had Alzheimer's. He wondered about the relationship between memory and identity.

His film focuses on people who have died and are allowed to take one memory with them into eternity. Not everyone in the film who has died is old, of course. But since Japan is about 15 years ahead of the US in aging of its population four of the stories in the film focus on elders.

Although some of the characters are played by actors, some are not. Kore-eda interviewed hundreds of people to see what memories people would choose. I certainly find the elder stories to be the most compelling--the Japanese soldier who is taken as a POW and finds he can get along with the Americans; the woman who survived the Great Kanto earthquake as a child and remembers camping outside making rice with the other women; the woman who adored her older brother and took care of him until his death; and, of course, the woman with Alzheimer's.

This is, without competition, my favorite movie of all time. From the user comments at the IMDB, I'd say I'm not alone.

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