Late Bloomers begins when Mary (Isabella Rossellini) and Adam (William Hurt), a high-functioning couple, realize that they have entered the senior category. Adam's reaction to this "discovery" is as frantic as his denial, and he desperately looks for a fountain of youth. Mary, on the other hand, decides to deal with the situation by doing what she does best: taking care of everyone. With humor and a great eye for complex emotions, writer/director Julie Gavras shows that while the experience of aging is real, the pressure to act any "certain age" is one of the biggest obstacles to a good life after 60.
- Julie Gavras
- Isabella Rossellini, William Hurt, Joanna Lumley
While the world could certainly use more films about characters entering their sunset years, a solution as toothless and saggy as Julie Gavras' Late Bloomers does little to help the cause.Peter Debruge, Variety, 04.03.2012
[Rossellini] is radiant in a profoundly ordinary and believable way, as always, and stirs up generational pathos all by herself.Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, 04.10.2012
Ultimately, it's not distinctive enough to draw viewers who haven't given much thought to aging. But that still leaves a substantial audience for the film's gentle laughs and modest insights.Mark Jenkins, NPR, 04.12.2012
In a performance that is much deeper than the rest of the movie, Mr. Hurt allows Adam's anger and fear to leak out of his electric blue eyes, which are frequently on the brink of tears.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 04.12.2012