Thursday, 11 February 2016

In appreciation of…our elders and betters #2

It's a little while I did the first version of In appreciation of…our elders and betters, part of my infrequent Collection series, but the piles of DVDs were mounting up and the opening of Escaped Alone - starring four absolute stalwarts of the British theatre and written by one too - seemed like as good a time as any to do the second.

I should acknowledge the support, practically the sponsorship, from Boycotting Trends in helping build up my collection of films starring the older generation. And stretching over a good few years of film-making, it is interesting to see how the overly genteel likes of Ladies in Lavender and My House in Umbria have been largely eased out (though not completely, as per My Old Lady) in favour of more nuanced takes on the ageing process.

45 Years, Late Bloomers and Le Week-end all look at the kinks that can emerge even in the longest of relationships, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel expands in a rather lovely way on the work of the original and saving the best for last, Love is Strange and Last Chance Harvey are two differently glorious examples of the confounding nature of life and how love can help us through it.

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