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Gerontophilia

September 16, 2016

gero2In our youth-obssessed culture, the idea of the elderly having sex is taboo.

This film follows Lake, a young man who takes a job in a nursing home and develops a romantic and sexual attraction to Mr. Peabody, a senior citizen resident in the facility.

This is a comedy that encourages viewers to be impulsive, and pointedly seek love and acceptance outside of “normal” social institutions, especially when it comes to family and romance. It’s about cherishing impulsivity over introspection, and amassing life experiences without fear of negative consequences.

While Gerontophilia hints at serious issues in the way we treat our senior citizens, it keeps things light-hearted, with the high camp of Lake’s über-feminist girlfriend and his alcoholic mother providing the laughs. After all, just because we are watching a film about old people doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it.

geroDésirée: Okay, I’ve been thinking about this a lot since the last time I saw you. What I want to tell you is, um, I think hat your doing and what you are is really brave. And the fact that you’re acting on it, you know, like its revolutionary. All these ideas poeple have about, like, aging and beauty and what makes a person desirable, like, you’re going against that. You’re fighting against nature. And, do you see how radical that is?

Désirée: Shoplifting is always revolutionary.

Désirée: “Woman is the nigger of the world.” What? Yoko Ono.

Bradley Nelson: Hey, uh, how are you gettin’ along at the, uh… at the Wrinkle Ranch?

Lake: “The Wrinkle Ranch.” Really?

Bradley Nelson: Oh, well, now, son, let’s, uh… let’s not get off on the wrong foot. I want all the employees here at Coup de Coeur to feel like part of the family.

Lake: Can I go now?

Désirée: You’re amazing. You’re always taking care of other people.

Lake: What do you mean?

Désirée: I don’t know. You’re always picking up after Marie and you like giving old men sponge baths.

[Nurse Baptiste brings Melvyn his daily medications]  Melvyn Peabody: If you just leave them, I promise I’ll take them in a little while.

Nurse Baptiste: It’s more effective if you take them on schedule.

Melvyn Peabody: Like the trains in Germany.

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Melvyn Peabody: Look at him, so smooth, like the cat just licked off his whiskers.

Lake: I like the way you look NOW.

Melvyn Peabody: What medication are YOU on?

Melvyn Peabody: Old men and gin bruise so easily.

Lake: I’m not a saint.

Melvyn Peabody: I was even married once, if you can believe that.

Melvyn Peabody: Married? To a woman?

Melvyn Peabody: At the time it was the only option. It was the ’70s. Even in the theater world, if you weren’t married after the age of forty, there was something “wrong” with you.

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