An 84-year old charming but delusional WWII veteran forms relationships with two elderly women and goes on a crusade to save them from the isolation of their retirement homes in East Hollywood.
The hilarity out of William Selig, played by Tom Bower, is what jumps starts this film. The characteristics and mannerisms he showcases are funny. He reminds you of a bitter old man that doesn’t take any shit, and I am so here for it.
The film does a great job of laying out its intentions and telling the story. My man Tom Bower was trying to live that Bachelor’s life well after it was past his time. The chemistry between our leads is another reason why the film works.
Love is something that never goes away no matter the age, Hollywood never showcases love in the eyes of the older, and this does just that.
The movie comes full circle as we witness the downfall of William and this delusional world that he has chosen to fall into. You can’t help but feel the pain in the face of Jeanie as she starts to see her life alter right in front of her eyes.
Line of the film: “Don’t Fuck With Me Porno Man.”
Tom Bower gives a remarkable performance that breaks your heart in a million pieces. Senior Love Triangle is charming, witty, and heartfelt.
Senior Love Triangle is based on an award-winning photo documentary of elderly people escaping their institutionalized lives. The story here is interesting about an elderly man and his two loves. While this movie does dive into some dark places at times, it is also wholesome in the way it allows these elderly people one last shot at love and affection before they pass.
Tom Bower, as William, gives a wonderful performance of a former soldier with PTSD. He captures the triggered moments and flashes that are terrifying and heartbreaking to watch. His constant denial that there is nothing wrong with him is a perfect representation of someone who continues to dig themselves in a deeper hole.
Marlyn Mason was the standout here, however, as she was the one who hit home with me the most. Her dementia wasn’t terrible, but the flashes of her past and the forgetfulness of where she was and what she was doing was a scary thing to watch. I never felt comfortable when she was left alone because I knew that at any moment she could be taken back to the 1940s and get lost within herself. It was the most heartbreaking of all the performance, and the best one as well.
The camera work in this movie was absolutely brilliant as well. Cinematographer John Keng was able to capture the sweet moments of love and affection, and the tense moments of pain these elders were feeling. This movie was funny and wholesome, but at the same time, it was heartbreaking to see these people who have lived such a full life slowly crumble into each other. Kelly Blatz was able to make a film that captures the joy, love, and pain of growing old in a way I have never seen before. I am not sure what I was expecting after hearing the synopsis, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.