My 4th viewing with a group. Only one of the 7 women present had seen the film before and her comment was very interesting. The first time was at the BFI/U3A study day event 10 years ago.
- I found it very sad last time I saw it, but less so this time. On first viewing I hated the isolation and loneliness. This time I appreciated the experience more that the two sisters both through, learning what they mean to each other. This time I identified more with the ageing problems: awkwardness in movement, ungainly , stooping, talking to oneself. This time I also more appreciated the skill of the film-making, a simple experience used to make a point about life.
- The film held my attention through. It seemed too much of a set piece for its 4 big stars (of yesteryear) .
- Language slightly irritating. Tagging names didn’t seem natural, using “dear” stereotypically of how old people speak to each other.
- Was her talking to Phillip a thing that comes with age – or have she always done this – not clear.
- Very moving relationship between 2 sisters. One (blind) looked towards death but realised there is still much to welcome in life. New window as symbol of future even though she will not be able to see through it.
- More like a play than a film. Style of speech overemphatic, loud. Beautiful filming of the sea. Little real signs of ageing – except the blindness, and slower movements. Too American and twee at start.
- Two sisters have lived their long lives sustained by friendship and memories both happy and sad. The message is never to allow old age to deprive us of hope and a future.
- A very slow film, as it needed to be, but it dragged at times. Old-fashioned acting styles and many cinematic tropes as well as some accurate observations of the ageing process. Not what I expected from Lindsay Anderson. Actually I did enjoy it.
The exchanges that followed the viewing were focused on ageing and the participants contributed their personal experiences exploring a variety of issues. Personally I find in this film so many strands that I feel it could be the basis for a series of workshops on ageing. I will repeat here Dr. Depassio saying : le film permet de liberer la parole.