While most cinematic romances centre on the first fumbling encounters of young lovers and leave the happily-ever-after implied, there's more to amour than just meeting cute. Julie Gavras' LATE BLOOMERS takes a look at the other side of love, when the honeymoon has long since passed, the kids have moved out and life presents a whole new set of challenges. It's a romantic comedy for those who suddenly find themselves tempted to order from the seniors menu.
After decades of marriage, architect Adam (William Hurt) and his retired wife Mary (Isabella Rossellini) each find themselves confronted with reminders of their mortality. For Mary, it's an episode of memory loss that has her questioning her future mental health. Adam, meanwhile, has been asked to help design a retirement community, a prospect that has him picturing himself as a potential resident. Each of them copes with their age anxieties in different ways, from fitness regimens to full-on midlife crisis moments, and their diverging directions put a strain on the marriage. Will age get the better of their time-tested relationship, or can they both come to their senses in time?
- Berlin International Film Festival 2011,
Cabourg Film Festival 2011
- Julie Gavras
- Bertrand Faivre, Sylvie Pialat, Tristan Goligher
- Olivier Dazat, Julie Gavras, David H. Pickering
- Nathalie Durand
- Pierre Haberer
- Sodi Marciszewer
- William Hurt