Thursday, 10 May 2007


Thinking about other ways of celebrating behaviour "outside the age box", I remembered this lovely film, a real favourite of mine; gentle, observant and beautifully made. A gang of seniors find themselves meeting up with aliens, and briefly experiencing the elixir of youth from a swimming pool. Bizarre, but completely watchable, and Jessica Tandy, Jack Gilford, Gwen Vernon and many more delightful veterans make this a worthy celebration of life after retirement.

My favourite memory is probably of Ben (Wilford Brimley), after his first swim in the "magic pool", climbing into the shower with his surprised but delighted wife, with the phrase "want some candy, little girl?".

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