Thursday, January 7, 2016

Age of Adaline

A young woman in San Francisco prepares to change her identity and disappear. Through flashbacks and narrated pseudo-science we learn that, as a young mother and widow, she suffered an automobile accident that removed from her DNA the ability to age. She has remained physically 29 years old from 1937 to the present day. This has not been a blessing to her, as she cannot risk any lasting relationships, and must change her identity regularly. Only her daughter, now old enough to pose as her grandmother, knows her secret.

This is a beautiful movie that proceeds at a leisurely pace while the camera makes love to the best city in the world. I have some complaints about the two male characters’ behavior, but they are completely realistic. There is some fine material for the history buffs, and when the film enters matters of the heart, it is believable and affecting. As an incurable romantic, I highly recommend this movie.

Understandably rendered an old fool

Age of Adaline, 2015; Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn

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