Monday, June 9, 2008
Young at Heart
Young at Heart is a documentary about a senior citizen chorus directed by hottie Bob Cilman. The film documents the group as they rehearse, learn new songs and get ready for a concert. What makes the chorus unique is they don't sing what you might expect a senior citizen group to sing -- the "golden oldies" -- they sing punk, rock, blues, etc. They sometimes say the words instead of singing them so for the first time you're really aware of the words in the song which gives it a completely fresh meaning. For some reason, this movie was so strong for me. I laughed and cried more than I have in a long time. Don't really know why -- their struggles with learning/remembering two lines, their love and concern for each other, determination, tenacity, the reward of applause and completion -- there's so much in it. And Bob doesn't coddle them. He's tough and frustrated and has the most beautiful mouth. Well worth catching if it comes to your theater.