Ari Seth Cohen, who co-wrote this film (based upon his writing and blogging), along with its director Lina Plioplyte, is the celebration of the older female segment of our population who are, in their own way, keeping up with fashion and still looking good in their 60s, 70, 80s and -- yes, even into their 90s.
ADVANCED STYLE, the 72-minute movie made by this first-time-filmmaking pair, concentrates on a number of older women who have dedicated their remaining years to looking good, with major focus on maybe half a dozen of these. Plioplyte, shown at right, and Cohen (below) move back and forth amongst the women, letting us into their lives piecemeal, some more than others. We see them at home, negotiating the city and/or park, and spending time with their loved ones (those who still have
(One woman even tells us that, regarding her first date with the man with whom she's now lives, he later told her that she looked like a clown.)
Super-bright colors, odd shapes and heavy-duty make-up highlight many of these ladies. Only one of them (shown below) seems to have a penchant for darker colors, together with a classier, retiring personality.
A couple of our gals are indeed chosen to be part of a Lanvin campaign celebrating fashion and aging (at least I think there were two of them, although the lady in red above seems to want to keep it all to herself).
Well, that's life. And age. And fashion. I suppose. Advanced Style, given its short length, is over just around the time it begins to outstay its welcome. But one wonders: Yes, these women are certainly sweet and undoubtedly old. But are they really the best examples of fashion that Mr. Cohen could find?
Quad Cinema. Next week it hits Miami, and then another half-dozen cities on October 10. Come October 17, it opens at the Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills. For a complete listing of screening venues and playdates, click here.