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The Time of Their Lives

The Time of Their Lives

It's never too late for another chance.Mar. 10, 2017 UK105 Min.
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Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral on glamorous French hideaway Île de Ré, former Hollywood siren Helen escapes her London retirement home with help of repressed English housewife Priscilla and they hit the road together in a race to get to the funeral on time.

The Time of Their Lives
Original titleThe Time of Their Lives
IMDb Rating6.0 91 votes
TMDb Rating4.3 2 votes

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  • brankovranjkovicMarch 12, 2017Reply

    Pensioners Behaving Badly

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • StootomlinMarch 16, 2017Reply

    Think of your Granny and her friend on a road trip. It’s sweet, sad and funny. Worth seeing.

    This is a really sweet film. It’s like the OAP version of Thelma and
    Louise.

    The film revolves around Helen and Pricilla, played by Joan and Pauline
    Collins.

    Helen is a narcissistic former film star, who was huge back in the
    1960’s, but since then she’s been forgotten, all after she fell apart,
    and disappeared from the public eye, some years ago. She hasn’t
    accepted the fact that it’s over for her, even though when we first
    meet her, she is being taken out for a trip from an old people’s home.

    Priscilla’s very Mumsie. She is just a likable person. Sadly, her
    husband treats her like crap, and she is living an albeit comfortable,
    yet miserable life. She accidentally gets caught up in the old people’s
    trip, and our story begins.

    There is also the small, yet memorable part of Alberto, played by
    Franco Nero. Alberto is an Italian artist who the girls stumble upon,
    he is kind, and affectionate, and he shows Priscilla just what she
    might be missing in life.

    The chemistry between Joan and Pauline Collins is great, they bounce
    off each other and each and every interaction feel natural, but what
    else would you expect from two women who have been acting for over 100
    years between them?

    There’s a lot of talk about how older actors, and especially older
    actresses, don’t get a lot of work anymore. Often because few good
    parts are written for them. Films like RED, The Best Exotic Marigold
    Hotel and the soon to be released Going in Style, should show studio
    execs that older actors still have something special to offer. No,
    scrap that, not ‘still have’, they have something that younger actors
    don’t have, decades of experience. Why would we waste it? It makes no
    sense.

    Back to our film.

    Our two friends travel to France to attend the funeral of the director
    who cast Helen in her first big film role. Along their journey, they
    discover a few things both about each other, and about themselves.
    There is a very serious undertone that runs through this film, it has a
    sadness, that comes with loss, a loss we all feel at some point in our
    lives. Yet, it still manages to laugh, at itself, at the situation it
    finds itself in, at life. I’ve always felt that this is the best way to
    deal with pain and adversity, so I appreciate the message that this
    film puts across.

    In the loosest sense, this is a road movie, and a charming one at that,
    with in fact very little time actually spent on the road, but it’s hard
    to describe it as much else. It’s a story of self-discovery, and
    although it may not be perfect, it’s well worth a watch.

  • Figgy66-915-598470March 21, 2017Reply

    Wooden and lacklustre

    21 March 2017 Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester this afternoon –
    The Time of Their Lives. Starring Joan Collins and Pauline Collins as
    Helen and Priscilla, two women who couldn’t be more different, they end
    up together on a bus on a day trip to the beach which culminates in
    them both ending up in France. Billed as a female buddy movie, this was
    a lot more mundane, these two characters were not really buddies, just
    two ageing women drawn together by the desperateness of their lives,
    one a Hollywood actress whose star is definitely on the wane, the other
    an unappreciated housewife haunted by memories of the past. What ensued
    should have been funnier, should have been more emotional but in
    reality the acting was wooden and slightly uncomfortable to watch. Take
    Joan Collins out of the equation and I felt I was watching a modern
    remake of Paulines Collins’ big hit Shirley Valentine. It was a
    pleasant enough way to spend a couple of hours but that’s about it.

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