“Fried Green Tomatoes” is a movie that many women in the Sixty and Me community love. In fact, they voted it one of their favourite movies of all time. Somehow in the busy 1990’s, I managed to miss is. So catching up, 20 years later, was a fun journey down memory lane.
“Amelie” is a French romantic comedy from 2001. This fantastic film is life affirming and heart-warming on so many levels. Whenever I watch this movie, it gives me a sense that all is well with the world. It revives my faith in people and reminds me of how we are capable of caring for each other, while living with our own priorities, fears, shortcoming and strengths. It also reminds me that we can change the world by being more sensitive to everyone’s struggles and personal journeys.
“The Way” is a most inspiring film, showing that we can find solutions in the most unexpected places. In this film, Tom, played by Martin Sheen, is an American doctor who comes to France to collect the remains of his adult son killed in the Pyrenees during a storm. His son had been walking the 800km long Camino de Santiago, a path for pilgrims when he died. Tom leaves his familiar life in California and begins a journey that he hopes will help the healing process.
“The Notebook” may only be a decade old, but, it is already a classic. In fact, it is so well loved that the Sixty and Me community voted it as their favourite movie of all time.
On one level, this is a movie about the power of love. It also feels so real that you can’t help but get involved with the deep complexity of the characters in the movie as they experience the heartbreak of loss.
Some movies take us into fantasy worlds, where we can escape for a few hours. As we watch, we leave the complexity of our daily lives behind. “Enough Said” is not one of those movies. Instead, an all-star cast and fabulous script will take you into the lives of two ordinary middle aged people looking for love. They face all the doubts and fears that many older men and women experience when looking for a relationship after a divorce.
The basic story line of the movie is that Eva, a middle aged divorced woman (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), starts dating Albert (the late James Gandolfini). The twist is that she learns he is the ex-husband of a new girlfriend (Catherine Keener). Should Eva listen to her new girlfriend’s advice or follow her heart?
We all love Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, and Calendar Girls is a movie that offers their wonderful on screen chemistry and so much more! The entire cast is absolutely fabulous! It is funny, authentic, touching, sad, inspiring and just plain entertaining – everything a great movie should be!
Released in 2003, “Calendar Girls” is a timeless story of creative resilience and friendship. Women in the Sixty and Me community gave it such a positive recommendation that I wanted to feature it as this week’s Movie Choice.
When we asked the Sixty and Me community to vote for their favourite movie of all time, we got over 200 replies. Your film choices ranged from poignant love stories to movies about social injustice and dramas. Most, in some way, crystallized the real life challenges faced by sixty-year-old women. Many of the selections were movies that made women laugh and cry.
Winter is an ideal time to cozy up on the couch and enjoy a good movie – after all, when the nights are dark and the weather is cold, we need to find ways to stay entertained while enjoying the comforts of home! It can sometimes be hard to find good, positive films for women over 60 – Hollywood doesn’t seem to make many movies for “grownups” any more; most of the big budget Hollywood movies are made for teenagers.