Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Australia/Belgium, 2000. Strand/New Oz Productions, Showtime Australia, The South Australian Film Corporation, Illumination Films, CinéTé, Premium Movie Partnership, Film Victoria, The Australian Film Commission, International Film Festival Ghent, Het Fonds in Vladderen. Screenplay by Paul Cox. Cinematography by Tony Clark. Produced by Paul Cox, Mark Patterson. Music by Paul Grabowsky. Production Design by Tony Cronin. Costume Design by Bernadette Corstens. Film Editing by Simon Whitington.
A letter arrives to an aging, married woman and turns out to be from a man with whom she was in love as a young woman. He is now widowed and anxious to reconnect with her after nearly fifty years, which she agrees to and, when they do see each other, they find they still feeling very strongly for each other. The woman has been in a dry, disconnected relationship with her husband for so long that the sudden re-emergence of passion in her life is almost too much for her; her usual placidity has now been replaced with emotional outbursts and heated quarrels with her husband, who is at a loss for what to do with these new problems that he never expected so late in life. Australian filmmaker Paul Cox directs a touching and poignant tale of lost love regained, one whose protagonists are a group not associated in popular culture with passionate romance. The film sparked controversy upon its release for showing seniors having sex, which says almost as much about ageism in our society as the film does.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2000