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Gerontophilia

September 16, 2018

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

Lake is an 18-year-old college student who discovers that he has a romantic attraction to older men even though he is already in a relationship with his girlfriend Désirée. One day, he applies for a nursing job at a retirement home, where he meets an older man named Mr. Peabody, and the two of them become close friends as Lake is working at the facility. After a while, the two men develop a romantic and sexual relationship. After noticing that the residents are being overdosed on their medication by the employees, Lake decides to take Peabody off his daily medication and help him escape to a better place. This results in the two of them taking a cross-country road trip together that deepens their bond. 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.

a captivating story of love, loss, and personal exploration.

Désirée: 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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