The third age of honour

Le troisième âge à l’honneur

The fate of the elders made headlines in recent weeks, mostly because of the devastation caused by the COVID-19. But the third age should not be summed up to the terrible tragedies suffered recently in residences for the elderly. Here are seven films to inspirational seniors.

Welcome to the Marigold Hotel

This comedy-drama directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) brings to the stage a band of british pensioners who decide to settle in India, in a run-down hotel that had been sold as a palace. The charm of the film rests in large part on its distribution all star composed of several veterans of british cinema, including Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. We want to emphasize that later (Welcome to the Marigold Hotel 2) was released in 2015.

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From a difficult topic (old age and illness), the director austrian Michael Haneke has made with Love is a great film about love and the end of life. Winner of the Palme d’or at the Cannes film Festival in 2012, this drama upsetting tells the story of Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), a couple of music teachers in their eighties to retire. Their lives will be turned upside-down when the state of Anne will begin to deteriorate.

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Poms : the big competition

In this comedy produced by the British Zara Hayes, Diane Keaton embodies a lady suffering from cancer, incurable, that, after having refused to undergo treatment, decides to go finish his days peacefully in a retirement home in Georgia. Little excited by the activities that are offered him on the spot, she decides to reconnect with an old childhood dream to start a club cheerleading (cheerleading).

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The most beautiful years of life

Fifty-three years after the release of his cult film a man and A woman, Claude Lelouch has regained its duo of actors, mythical, Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant, to achieve this result, which tells of the reunion of the two famous characters, fifty years after their love story blazing. The chemistry between Trintignant and Aimée is always waiting for you.

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Now or never

In English, the term bucket list refers to the list of things we want to do or accomplish before you die. It is also the original title of this film from Rob Reiner (When Harry met Sally) which tells the adventures of two men with terminal cancer (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson) and decide to realize all their dreams before making their last breath. Parachute jump, visit to the Himalayas, safari in Tanzania, everything happens…

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Mr. Schmidt

Master of social satire, the american filmmaker Alexander Payne (Election, The descendants) has given to Jack Nicholson in a role tailor-made for him in this comedy as funny as touching on the fear of aging. Nicholson played an actuary in the pension, after the death of his wife, decides to undertake a road trip existential.

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It was raining birds

This drama bright filmmaker Louise Archambault (Gabrielle), adapted from the novel of the same title by Jocelyne Saucier, showcases two old hermits (Gilbert Sicotte and Rémy Girard) who have decided to withdraw from the rest of the world by living isolated in a forest in the Abitibi region. Their small, quiet life will be turned upside down by the arrival of a woman in his mid-eighties (the late Andrée Lachapelle) who has been unjustly imprisoned for his whole life.

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