Cinema: Going over 70

The Shameless Old Lady. Blithely disregarding the tendency of French film makers to accent the negatives of youth, this fledgling work winsomely salutes the positives of ripe old age. Seventyish but young at heart, the heroine has barely buried her husband when her grown children begin debating what to do about Poor Mother. Poor Mother soon ends the debate and infuriates the brood by doing just as she pleases.

She squanders her family's meager monthly handouts on dining at a cafe or on rides in a hansom cab. After befriending an agreeable demi-prostitute and...

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