“SIL­VER” SCREEN

ZOOMER Magazine - - ZOOM IN ETC - — Mike Criso­lago

IN HER 2014 BOOK Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, Diane Keaton, now 72, gives a shoutout to “women who make us see beauty where we never saw it; women who turn wrong into right.” It’s a dec­la­ra­tion that could also serve as the tag line for her new film Book Club (May 18) in which she stars along­side Candice Ber­gen, 71, Jane Fonda, 80, and Mary Steen­bur­gen, 65, as four friends who jump-start their love lives af­ter read­ing the sex­u­ally charged 50 Shades of Grey (con­ve­niently, Fifty Shades Freed, the fi­nal in­stal­ment of the film fran­chise based on the book, ar­rives on DVD just days be­fore Book Club’s re­lease). Por­trayed as healthy, vig­or­ous and ready to frolic un­der the sheets, the movie doesn’t play the ac­tresses’ ages against them. In­stead, they’re ob­jects of de­sire, cu­rios­ity and pas­sion with a cap­i­tal A ap­petite for life. The same can be said for an­other re­cent flick, Find­ing Your Feet, wherein 62-year-old Imelda Staunton’s char­ac­ter re­bounds from mar­i­tal in­fi­delity by join­ing a com­mu­nity dance class.

In Book Club, the en­livened li­bidos rep­re­sent a re­newed sense of pur­pose and vigour. And while the pop­u­lar­ity of movies about older char­ac­ters has surged with the ag­ing pop­u­la­tion, from come­dies like The Best Ex­otic Marigold Ho­tel films to The Ex­pend­ables fran­chise to dra­mas like Away From Her and Amour, rarely do they spot­light strong older women as ob­jects of (non­fetishized) sex­ual de­sire. Per­haps Book Club and its all-star cast can bol­ster the de­mand for such movies in the way Moon­light, Get Out and Black Pan­ther have for un­ex­ploita­tive films about peo­ple of colour. And maybe, to para­phrase Keaton, these four Book Club women can make Tin­sel­town fi­nally see beauty where it rarely saw it be­fore.

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