Trivializing the inevitable
Adjustable mattresses, big button phones, the death of an aged parent and one last fling before accepting the inevitable are, regrettably, the cornerstones of Gavras’ consideration of aging in a relationship. If you’ve seen Haneke’s Amour, this will feel insipid. If not, gently insightful might describe Rossellini as grandma and mother-of- three, striving for honesty and humility, who cuts her hair, looks good and gets on with stuff. Hurt, as the successful architect husband, resigns himself to flat-line melancholy. The mediocre script does little for any attempts at originality – the title pun notwithstanding.
Late Bloomers | Directed by Julie Gavras (France, Belgium, UK 2011) with William Hurt, Isabella Rossellini. Starts September 6