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Gertrud (1964)

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#13 on A&F Top 25 List of Spiritually Significant Films about Growing Old(er)

Well, we see how long this resolution lasts, but I was hoping to write about some of the Top 25 over at 1More Film Blog. Here are my thoughts on Gertrud, which I was reminded did not have a dedicated A&F thread yet.

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In the context of Arts & Faith’s list of films about Growing Old(er), Gertrud sits somewhere in the no-mans-land between films about characters whose experiences, however painful, have made them wiser and characters whose trauma is the greater because of their inability or unwillingness to change and adapt. Both types of characters are archetypes of humans aging, and we tend to feel better about movies that promise us that with age comes wisdom — or at least an increased capacity to navigate life’s turbulent waves.

 

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