Romantic Older People To Watch For
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The snobbish, stay-at-home wife/mother/grandmother Sandra (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of 40 years has been having an affair with her best friend.
She promptly packs her things and moves in with her estranged bohemian sister (Celia Imrie) living in a London council estate. It’s a big change. Sandra is coerced by her sister to go to a dance class. And here, step by step, she finds herself and the courage to be open to new, romantic possibilities.
This film hits all the feelgood points. Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley co-star.
Robin (Sean Connery) returns to Sherwood from the Crusades – war-wearied, weathered, wrinkled – after over two decades have passed. Many moons before, he chose to follow his king, leaving his love Maid Marian (Audrey Hepburn) behind.
The reunion of these old lovers is initially fraught with accusations and past hurts. Both are scarred, physically and emotionally. Yet, despite the passage of time, the hurts and the scars, the love remains. Robin and Marian is a poignant examination of the nature of love, mature love that weathers and forgives and compromises and concedes and accepts. And lets go.
The longstanding recurring screen couple, Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, reunite in this tale of two lonely neighbors finding companionship. Louis and Addie have lived on the same street for ages; both are widowed; both are lonely. But their relationship has been one of the superficial niceties.
Until Addie shows up and asks to sleep with Louis, just sleep in the same bed. Soon, they are spending their evenings and nights together, and maybe something more than friendship starts to blossom. But kids and grandkids want to have a say in how Addie and Louis conduct their lives.
There’s definitely a reason Fonda and Redford were paired so many times on screen. The chemistry between them is still there. And there’s something poignant about seeing them – old and grey – still open to new possibilities.
Harold (Bud Cort) hates life until he meets the life-loving Maude (Ruth Gordon) at a funeral. He goes to funerals for fun. Maude is nearing 80, Harold is not yet 20. She is chatty and open and smiley, while he is withdrawn and sullen and rather mute.
But an unlikely friendship develops between the two, a love that starts to open up the possibilities of life to Harold. And the possibilities of a dignified passing to Maude. Harold and Maude is a cult classic, a dark rom-com, full of gallows humor, absurdism, quirky characters, Cat Stevens’ melodies, existentialist anxieties, and an inspirational and unconventional bittersweet love story.
Grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) honors his recently deceased wife’s passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she once belonged. It’s a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, as well as come to terms with Marion’s (Vanessa Redgrave) death.
Remember the tissues for this one. It’s a weepy, feelgood movie with a great supporting cast, including Gemma Arterton and Christopher Eccleston.
Though Emily (Diane Keaton) and Donald (Brendan Gleeson) live in the same London neighborhood of Hampstead, the worlds they inhabit could not be more different.
Emily is an American widow occupying a posh apartment she can no longer afford. Donald is an Irish loner who lives off the land in a makeshift cabin and wants nothing more than to be left in peace.
When real estate developers threaten his home, Emily believes she has found her new cause. But she gets more than she bargained for when romance blossoms
Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are an octogenarian couple in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers, living in harmonious togetherness. Until Anne has a stroke, and Georges becomes her caretaker. She gradually gets worse and worse, and Georges must start considering what makes life worth living. And how to die with dignity.
This award-winning film is beautiful and brutal, a heartachingly exquisite look at the end of life. It is poignant, profound, thought-provoking, sob-inducing. Have many tissues on hand.