London Film Festival 2015

I saw two films featuring an old woman at the Festival this year:

Grandma (2015 ) ticked all the boxes :  Lily Tomlin,  lesbian relationship,  angry grandmother, women’s liberation, the 70s, odd characters,  good granddaughter/grandmother relationship , difficult one with daughter, teenager pregnancy and abortion, money problems. Even  Betty Friedan and Simone de Beauvoir, my feminist inspirations were mentioned.   But why was I less enthusiastic than the four friends I was with? I laughed and enjoyed the film. Yes it ticked all the boxes but opened none (dubious metaphor but it will do for now). And why was the successful lawyer daughter such a caricature?

Krisha (2015) enthralled me. The direction, the acting, the cinematography, the narrative, the use of colour, the soundtrack, the editing, the subject, all conspired to make me forget the age of the protagonist but live her family reunion.

Both films deserve a more detailed study. Do not miss either when they are released.



About rinaross

Born in 1935. MA in Film and Television Studies at the University of Westminster 1998. Studying the representation of older women in film since then.
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