Movies can be our window on the world and windows into our own lives. In observance of Older Americans Month, the Pierce County Library system and Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources are showing three remarkable films that explore the significant experiences and contributions of older adults who still want to be a part of the world and contribute to their community.
“Mr. Holmes” – Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon his housekeeper’s young son as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late in this 2015 film.
“Young@Heart” – In this 2007 film, a chorus of 22 senior citizens whose average age is 80 has gained a degree of fame for their enthusiastic a cappella renditions of well-known rock & roll tunes. The film offers a look at their rigorous rehearsal process, the background of several members, and their efforts to stay active and think positive, even as their friends succumb to old age.
“Wild Strawberries” – Directed by Ingmar Bergman in 1959, this film is considered a classic (in Swedish with English subtitles). Crotchety retired doctor Isak Borg travels from Stockholm to Lund, Sweden. Along the way, they encounter a series of hitchhikers, each of whom causes the elderly doctor to muse upon the pleasures and failures of his own life.
Showings are free and open to the public. Each film will be followed by a brief 15-minute discussion on aging as portrayed by the films’ characters.
- Summit Branch Library, 5107 112th St. E. in Tacoma
– May 3 at 1:30 p.m. “Mr. Holmes”
– May 9 at 6 p.m. “Young@Heart”
- Sumner Branch Library, 1116 Fryar Ave. in Sumner
– May 10 at 6 p.m. “Mr. Holmes”
– May 19 at 1:30 p.m. “Young@Heart”
- University Place Branch Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100 in University Place
– May 18 at 1:30 p.m. “Young@Heart”
– May 21 at 1:30 p.m. “Wild Strawberries”
– May 25 at 6 p.m. “Mr. Holmes”
For additional information call the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.