Films for Later Life

A Selected Filmography

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Recommendations by:
– Bolton Anthony | ST – Steve Taylor | JVB – Jim Vanden Bosch

About Schmidt (2002) ♦ A man embarks on a post-retirement journey to his estranged daughter's wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected. (U.S.) 125 minutes Directed by Alexander Payne Featuring Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates BA

Amour (2012) ♦ See article (French with subtitles) 127 minutes Directed by Michael Haneke Featuring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva 

Antonia’s Line (1995) ♦ A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive. (Dutch with subtitles) 102 minutes Directed by Marleen Gorris Featuring Willeke van Ammelrooy, Jan Decleir, Veerle van Overloop BA

As It Is in Heaven (2004) ♦ A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in the far north of Sweden. (Swedish with subtitles) 132 minutes Directed by Kay Pollak Featuring Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm BA

Atlantic City (1980) ♦ An aging low-level wise-guy and a young dreamer who needs his help to realize her dreams. (U.S.) 104 minutes Directed by Louis Malle Featuring Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon ST

Autumn Spring (2001) ♦ Terminal prankster Frantisek Hána refuses to grow up and take certain responsibilities, despite his wife Emilie's constant badgering to do so. (Czech with subtitles) 95 minutes Directed by Vladimír Michálek Featuring Vlastimil Brodský, Stella Zázvorková BA

Away from Her (2006) ♦ See article (Canadian with subtitles) 110 minutes Directed by Sarah Polley Featuring Julie Christie, Michael Murphy, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis 

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) ♦ A group of older adults take up new lives in India, playing off one another’s pessimisms and optimisms.  (British) 124 minutes Directed by John Madden Featuring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson JVB

Captain Abu Raed (2007) ♦ See article (Jordanian with subtitles) 102 minutes Directed by Amin Matalqa Featuring Nadim Sawalha, Rana Sultan 

Central Station (1998) ♦ See article (Brazilian with subtitles) 113 minutes Directed by Walter Salles Featuring Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pęra 

Cherry Blossoms (2008) ♦ After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer.  (German with subtitles) 127 minutes Directed by Doris Dörrie Featuring Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki BA

Cinema Paradiso (1988) ♦ Oscar winner about the boy who is befriended by an aging projectionist and acquires a lifelong love of movies. (Italian with subtitles) 155 minutes Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore ST

Departures (2008) ♦ A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (Japanese with subtitles) 130 minutes Directed by Yôjirô Takita Featuring Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki  BA

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) ♦ An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years. (U.S.) 115 minutes Directed by Bruce Beresford Featuring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd BA

Enchanted April (1992) ♦ The civilizing influence of Italy on beleaguered Londoners, both male and female. (British) 95 minutes Directed by Mike Newell Featuring Alfred Molina, Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson BA

Feast of Love (2007) ♦ A meditation on love and its various incarnations, set within a community of friends in Oregon. (U.S.) 101 minutes Directed by Robert Benton Featuring Morgan Freeman, Radha Mitchell, Greg Kinnear BA

The First Grader (2010) ♦ An 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex-Mau Mau freedom insurgent fights for his right to go to school. (British) 103 minutes Directed by Justin Chadwick Featuring Oliver Litondo, Emily Njoki, Hannah Wacera BA

Footnote (2011) ♦ The moral confrontation between two Talmudic scholars: a son addictively dependent on academic acceptance, and his father, a stubborn purist. (Hebrew with subtitles) 103 minutes Directed by Joseph Cedar ST

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) ♦ Sentimental drama about two women growing up in the South in the 1920s who forge a life-long friendship. (U.S.) 130 minutes Directed by Jon Avnet Featuring Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson ST

Get Low (2009) ♦ Veteran actor Robert Duval’s backwoods Tennessee character purposefully redeems himself in the eyes of the community he has shunned for most of his life. (U.S.) 103 minutes Directed by Aaron Schneider Featuring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek JVB

Ginger and Fred (1986) ♦ A pair of aging second-tier vaudevillians are urged out of retirement to perform their Astaire-and-Rogers-inspired act one last time. (Italian with subtitles) 125 minutes Directed by Federico Fellini Featuring Marcello Mastroianni, Giulietta Masina ST

Gran Torino (2008) ♦ Clint Eastwood plays a crotchety elder thrown into a begrudging relationship with a vulnerable Hmong teenaged neighbor.  (U.S.) 116 minutes Directed by Clint Eastwood JVB

Ground Hog Day (1993) ♦ See article (U.S.) 101 minutes Directed by Harold Ramis Featuring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell 

Hope Springs (2012) ♦ An older couple spars over whether to resurrect lost intimacy in their relationship. (U.S.) 100 minutes Directed by David Frankel Featuring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones JVB

Innocence (2000) ♦ See article (Australian) 94 minutes Directed by Paul Cox Featuring Julia Blake, Charles Tingwell 

Is Anybody There? (2008) ♦ A charming look at the importance of an older man’s friendship with a young boy adrift in the throes of his parent’s rocky relationship.  (British) 94 minutes Directed by John Crowley Featuring Michael Caine, Bill Milner JVB

Kolya (1996) ♦ The trials and tribulations — and loves — of a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia. (Czech with subtitles) 105 minutes Directed by Jan Sverák BA

Last Orders (2001) ♦ A half-century in the lives of a group of South London buddies. (British) 109 minutes Directed by Fred Schepisi Featuring Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Tom Courtenay BA

Monsieur Ibrahim (2003) ♦ See article (French with subtitles) 95 minutes Directed by François Dupeyron Featuring Omar Sharif, Pierre Boulanger 

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005) ♦ All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, an elderly woman strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer. (British) 108 minutes Directed by Dan Ireland Featuring Joan Plowright, Rupert Friend, Zoë Tapper BA

My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010) ♦ See article (French with subtitles) 83 minutes Directed by Jean Becker Featuring Gérard Depardieu, Gisčle Casadesus 

Nobody's Fool (1994) ♦ A rascally small-town ne’er-do-well approaching retirement age realizes, when his long-lost son moves back to town, that he has accomplished little in his life. (U.S.) 110 minutes Directed by Robert Benton Featuring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy ST

On Golden Pond (1981) ♦ Two Fondas and a Hepburn. Ten Oscar nominations. What’s not to like? (U.S.) 109 minutes Directed by Mark Rydell Featuring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda ST

Quartet (2012) ♦ A retirement house full of older adults making music and at times resolving senior-sandbox behaviors.  (U.S.) 98 minutes Directed by Dustin Hoffman Featuring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly JVB

Ran (1985) ♦ In this reimagining of King Lear, an elderly Japanese lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him.  (Japanese with subtitles) 162 minutes Directed by Akira Kurosawa BA

Rhapsody in August (1991) ♦ An elderly woman living in Nagasaki tells her grandchildren about her husband’s death in the atomic bomb blast in August of 1945. (Japanese with subtitles) 98 minutes Directed by Akira Kurosawa ST

The Savages (2007) ♦ How two estranged siblings reconnect when they need to provide care for a father with dementia.  (U.S.) 113 minutes Directed by Tamara Jenkins Featuring Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman JVB

Schultze Gets the Blues (2003) ♦ An accordion player newly without work has his taste in music unexpectedly changed. (German with subtitles) 114 minutes Directed by Michael Schorr Featuring Horst Krause, Harald Warmbrunn BA

A Separation (2011) ♦ Weaves together the complexities of cultural and class values when an Iranian family needs to provide care for a father with Alzheimer’s.  (Iranian with subtitles) 123 minutes Directed by Asghar Farhadi JVB

Shadowlands (1993) ♦ C.S. Lewis finds himself "surprised by Joy." (British) 131 minutes Directed by Richard Attenborough Featuring Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Julian Fellowes BA

The Shootist (1976) ♦ See article (U.S.) 100 minutes Directed by Don Siegel Featuring John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard 

Still Mine (2012) ♦ See article (Canadian with subtitles) 102 minutes Directed by Michael McGowan Featuring James Cromwell, Ronan Rees, Genevičve Bujold 

The Straight Story (1999) ♦ An old man makes a long journey by tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother. (U.S.) 112 minutes Directed by David Lynch Featuring Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek BA

Strangers in Good Company (1990) ♦ A busload of women become stranded in an isolated part of the Canadian countryside. (Canadian with subtitles) 101 minutes Directed by Cynthia Scott Featuring Alice Diabo, Constance Garneau, Winifred Holden BA

Tender Mercies (1983) ♦ See article (U.S.) 100 minutes Directed by Bruce Beresford Featuring Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley  

Trouble with the Curve (2012) ♦ A baseball scout, disgruntled with his own aging, is dogged by unfinished business with his adult daughter.  (U.S.) 111 minutes Directed by Robert Lorenz Featuring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams JVB

Whales of August (1989) ♦ Two aging sisters who have vacationed together at a summer house on the coast of Maine for 50 years face an uncertain future. (U.S.) 100 minutes Directed by Lindsay Anderson Featuring Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price ST

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) ♦ A middle-aged bar hostess must choose to either get married or buy a bar of her own. (Japanese with subtitles) 111 minutes Directed by Mikio Naruse ST

Wild Strawberries (1957) ♦ See article (Swedish with subtitles) 91 minutes Directed by Ingmar Bergman Featuring Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin 

Young@Heart (2007) ♦ A wonderfully engaging feature-length documentary about an older adult chorus that sings vibrant Rock songs, dispelling the myth that old age equals staid. (U.S.) 107 minutes Directed by Stephen Walker, Sally George JVB