For most people, aging can be an absolutely terrible concept . The fear of growing old, losing youth and being less independent and able to take care of oneself is, if anything, human.
However, we must also learn to accept the idea of age. Find things that you can appreciate in ourselves when time does its job and we continue to grow. And as with every important topic that has ever occupied mankind, the filmmakers have given us their own approach to the “old age” chapter, through films that make time more enjoyable.
1. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Daisy deserves her own place on this special list because, in addition to age, she also has an anti-racist message. Bruce Beresford’s film, starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman, tells the story of the relationship between a wealthy southern woman and her African-American driver.
in Atlanta in 1948, when an elderly Jewish widow destroys her neighbor’s ornate garden with her car, her son, despite her objections, insists on hiring her a driver. So he hires a black driver for her. Daisy rejects any kind of sexual relationship with Roo. However, little by little he manages to conquer her. The passage of time here builds a deep relationship of understanding and friendship. After 25 years, Miss Daisy realizes that this man was her best friend.
2. Tokyo Story (1953)
Often a society can also “forget” its elderly citizens. Take, for example, Japan. After the Second World War, a population shift occurred, as technology provided an opportunity for rural residents to move to the city. Those who remained behind became representatives of an outdated tradition. These are the topics covered in Yasujir9 Ozu’s masterpiece (often called one of the greatest films of all time) about an elderly couple who come to Tokyo to visit their overworked children.
3. The Straight Story (1999)
And yet this is a David Lynch movie made for Disney. And this is not even the most impressive aspect of this amazing film. The Straight Story is the true story of 73-year-old Alvin Boone Straight, who, in order to visit his sick brother, traveled hundreds of kilometers from Iowa to Wisconsin on a lawnmower because he did not have a driver’s license due to vision problems. A touching, human and completely different film by Lynch, highlighting the more tender side of old age.
4. Strangers in Good Company (1990)
8 older ladies take a bus ride through the Canadian countryside. When their plans are suddenly canceled, they spend time in a secluded house in the forest, remembering their lives. The “actors”, all of them elderly women, received the above script. From then on, each of them shares memories of their own unique existence in front of the camera. The result is a moving film about the courage of being a woman and the difficulties of being discriminated against and living on the edge until old age.
5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
One of the things we fear in old age is loss: friends, family, memories. Then imagine what it would be like if the same thing happened, but in the reverse order. How would you react if you saw your loved ones die while you were returning to your childhood? That was the beginning of this intoxicating David Fincher film , in which Brad Pitt plays F. Scott Fitzgerald’s hero, who is aging in reverse.
6. Away from Her (2006)
Sarah Polley brings Alice Munro’s book The Bear Came Over the Mountain to the big screen, in which we follow the story of an elderly couple who have to face the terrible truth that one of them no longer remembers the other. After more than 40 years of marriage, Grant is forced to part ways with the Alzheimer’s patient Fiona. he constantly visits her in the nursing home where she was admitted, but is surprised to find that she is beginning to fall in love with another patient. An unforgettable coming-of-age film that confronts the audience and stares it in the face.
7. The Age of Adaline (2015)
What if you stopped growing old? Would you continue to live your life or create new ones? Blake Lively plays Adaline Bowman, who has been mysteriously 29 years old for 80 years. The answer to this question…situation, it was to hide from society and distrust relationships that would inevitably reveal their secret. This isolation – and the mystery that inspires it – makes it difficult to meet a particular person. In Lee Toland Krieger’s version of more Hollywood, the physical effects of aging may fade, but nothing really stays the same.
8. Boyhood (2014)
Sometimes you have to remember the beginning to move on. Boyhood is a class of its own, as it deals with the passing of time like no other film. Richard Linklater’s directorial venture was shot intermittently over a period of 12 years from May 2002 to October 2013 and shows the growing up of a boy and his older sister into adulthood . If you are experiencing the film because you are not just watching it, you may think that every stage of life is a different opportunity.