I go to French movies now with a sense of trepidation. I have seen some entertaining ones, but in the past couple of years, I have found them a bit unsatisfying. So going into this viewing with a large audience of somewhat older patrons, I clutched my subway sandwich and waited for the movie.
This is the story of an elderly couple, who at the start of the movie are fit and active and enjoying life. As the movie continues, we get to see their gradual decline, as they age and lose their mobility and independence.
Certainly many of the moments were touching, and I thought they did a fabulous job of portraying a good and loving partnership. For anyone who has elderly parents, or is approaching those years themselves, this is a poignant and moving movie. Be sure not to miss the beginning, as this explains a little bit about how the movie ends. I am sure those cinema goers who sneaked in late were a little confused by the story.
I was a little confused by the abrupt and very French ending, but the movie has been memorable and made me a tiny bit scared about growing old alone.