When Ruth and Alex first moved to Brooklyn, it was the 1970s - years before redevelopment, and years before they would realise that they won't always be physically able to climb several flights of stairs just to get home Still highly active, yet feeling the undeniable effects of age, the couple opts to put their apartment on the market and over one crazy weekend, they discover that finding a new apartment is not about winding down but starting a whole new adventure!
This film is about a couple in their 'latter years' and portrays them in a clear sympathetic light. They are real, interesting, humane and have a common problem of later life: finding climbing stairs becoming more difficult. So they set out to move. The dialogue is always engaging, the performances very much so as well. These are characters one (this one) can't help but like and feel involved with. I was swept along with the story and I hope you don't have to be a Third Ager to feel sympathy with these two. Their process of going about buying and selling in NYC is another matter: offering something like $950,000 without first being sure of a buyer is a little strange but I don't care. Good flashback story, good subplot on the bridge. I watched it twice.
A beautifully scripted and acted study of an older couple grappling with the limitations of age and the familiarity of their surroundings when the two come into sharp focus. Incidentals in the script like the plight of a sick dog added poignancy and Morgan Freeman nails the kind, slightly grumpy but always decent character he plays. The minor characters add so much to the story but without taking over the action.
I rarely watch movies twice but would watch this again, no problem.