Reviews of Recent Films Dealing with Aging and Elderhood

separationFilm: A Separation (123 min)
Sony Pictures Classics, Distributor
Produced by Asghar Farhadi
Released: March 2011 (Iran), September
2011 (USA)

Film: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (124 min) Fox Searchlight,
Distributor Produced by Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin
Released: February 2012 (UK), May 2012 (USA)

Set in modern day Tehran, A Separation opens with one long three-and a-half-minute shot, in which a wife and husband passionately address an unseen (but occasionally heard) judge. At issue is a divorce that the wife wants because her husband will not leave the country with her and their 11-year-old daughter as they had previously agreed to do. The husband explains to the judge that he cannot leave because he is caring for his father who has Alzheimer s disease.  What difference does it make to him?  the wife argues.  Does he even realize you are his son?   I know he is my father,  the husband retorts. The scene ends with the judge refusing to grant a divorce and instructing them to return to their lives and work out this problem on their own.

Full reviews available at: gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org