Late Bloomers

Year: 2011
Production Co: Les Films du Worso
Director: Julie Gavras
Writer: Olivier Dazat/Julie Gavras
Cast: William Hurt, Isabella Rosseillini

It looked like (and should have been) a thoughtful, poignant and bittersweet look at the spiritual aches and pains of aging, and Isabella Rosellini and William Hurt are both very close to the top of their game as well to do married couple Adam and Mary.

But the script by director Julie Gavras is a bit unfocused and doesn't have the same courage of its convictions like Hurt and Rosellini do.

Adam's an architect who's just received the kind of award elder statesman of the industry usually get, a notion of his station that horrifies him. Mary is suffering her own crisis, taking exercise classes she doesn't feel comfortable doing, trying to volunteer but unable to deal with the condescending attitudes she meets to her age.

Only Mary is willing to face the fact that they're getting old, and she wants to join Adam to meet it head on. She deals with it by trying to engage with life but succeeds only at grasping at straws and pushing Adam further away. He responds by shutting down Рsurrounding himself at work with young ing̩nues who make him feel young again in more ways than one, railing against Mary's efforts to recruit him into her projects (like his horror at her buying a phone with oversized numbers).

As Adam and Mary's grown children look on in increasing despair, things seem hopeless, but among the other faults of the film is that it doesn't know how to end. After a grand series of arguments and the seeming fracture of their relationship, it's all resolved far too easily and with actions that are far too casual.

It's worth watching for the performances of two assured talents, but the story and script are too wobbly and frivolous to really offer what you're hoping for.

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