The Time of Their Lives (12A)

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ON GEN­ERAL RE­LEASE DAMON SMITH 3/5

Writer-di­rec­tor Roger Goldby’s gen­tly ef­fer­ves­cent road movie reimag­ines Thelma & Louise 30 years later with dodgy hips and nag­ging re­grets.

Mod­est in its dra­matic am­bi­tions The Time Of Their Lives is a bit­ter­sweet valen­tine to the trans­for­ma­tive power of fe­male friend­ship as seen through the eyes of el­derly char­ac­ters, who are usu­ally rel­e­gated to sup­port­ing roles.

Goldby’s film is clearly tar­get­ing older au­di­ences, who flocked to The Best Ex­otic Marigold Ho­tel. His por­trait of sis­ter­hood in twi­light years isn’t quite in the same league but small can be beau­ti­ful and there a mo­ments in Goldby’s script and the per­for­mances of leads Joan Collins and Pauline Collins that prove there is life af­ter you start col­lect­ing a pen­sion.

Unas­sum­ing housewife Priscilla (Pauline Collins) meets glam­orous for­mer Hol­ly­wood star He­len (Joan Collins) in a su­per­mar­ket and ends up going on a road trip to gate-crash the fu­neral of He­len’s ex-lover...

The Time Of Their Lives is a sweet and in­of­fen­sive tale which al­lows the two leads to play to crowd-pleas­ing type. Joan Collins turns back the clock to her Dy­nasty hey­day, while Pauline Collins warmly em­braces her role as a mother hen, who has been worn down by years of grief and has for­got­ten what it means to be cher­ished.

ROAD TRIP: Joan Collins and Pauline Collins hit the road.

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