Below is a list of inspiring feature films for seniors.
These films all relate in one way or another to the age group 60andMore.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), John Madden
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is about a group of British pensioners who are seduced by an advertisement that is too good to be true. They are planning to spend their old days in the exotic and cheap India. However, the restored Marigold Hotel is actually a lot less great than they had expected. It requires a lot of adjustment to fit into Indian culture.
Amour (2012), Michael Haneke
Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are in their eighties. They are decent, retired music teachers. Their daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert) lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne gets a stroke that causes the bond of love within the family to be put to the test. This decline is portrayed in detail by Haneke. In dismay, Georges has to watch his wife slipping further and further towards total paralysis up until the point that she no longer recognizes him.
With Amour, director Michael Haneke won the Golden Palm for the second time in just four years at the Cannes Film Festival.
Our Souls at Night (2017), Ritesh Batra
In the romance genre, we find a film with two old-timers: Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. Addie Moore unexpectedly knocks on the door of her neighbour Louis Waters. Her husband, like Louis’s wife, died years ago and although they have been neighbours for decades, they have rarely any contact. A fun and relaxed film about an important theme: what do you do when your husband dies after a long and happy marriage? The widow and widower in this film decide to spend the lonely nights together. The film did not elaborate on the subject too much, but it is a pleasure to see Robert Redford and Jane Fonda working together again.
Robot & Frank (2012), Jake Schreier
Another one of those light-hearted movies for seniors. The story is about a man living alone as he begins to show symptoms of Alzheimer. He leads a withdrawn and lonely life. His children have little time for him, but are worried. He only gets out to go to the library where he meets a charming employee (Susan Sarandon). When his children feel Frank’s condition is declining, his son decides to bring a robot to take care of him. This creates a very special friendship that revitalizes Frank’s condition, something his children had not anticipated.