In this romantic comedy, Mary (Isabella Rossellini) and Adam (William Hurt) aren't your typical older couple, they're high functioning and stylish and to their great surprise, they've entered the senior category. Adam is in frantic denial, desperately looking for the fountain of youth as Mary decides to deal with the situation by doing what she does best, taking care of her husband and family. After 30 years together, the married couple confronts the unpalatable realities of getting older and concludes that emotional absence is the easiest way to cope. But at what point does distance become divorce? A clash soon becomes inevitable as their children, grandchildren, parents and friends try to reconcile them. The stellar cast includes Joanna Lumley, Kate Ashfield, Simon Callow and Doreen Mantle. Co-written and directed by Julie Gavras.
Doreen Mantle,Kate Ashfield,Isabella Rossellini,Aidan McArdle,Joanna Lumley,William Hurt
The dilemma between staying active while also "looking back" is at the core of LATE BLOOMERS. In the film, a happy and high-functioning couple, Mary (Rossellini) and Adam (Hurt), find themselves trapped by the natural and artificial problems of "old age." And when both realize, to their surprise, that they have entered the senior category, the two react in completely opposite ways.
Adam's actions are as frantic as his denial; he desperately looks for a fountain of youth, and even flirts with the idea of having a love affair. On the other hand, Mary decides to deal with the situation by doing what she does best: taking care of her husband and family. But her "preparations for aging," though comically malicious, frighten her friends and family.
A clash soon becomes inevitable, and a separation, ineluctable. Children, grandchildren, parents and friends try to reconcile them, but shouldn't they trust life to follow its course? Or is nature itself one of the film's obstacles to overcome?
With humor and a superb eye for complex (and often contradictory) emotions, Ms. Gavras shows that while the experience of aging is real, the pressure to act any age might be one of the biggest obstacles to a good life.