A classic tale of a young girl and an eccentric, free spirited, much older man, reversed. Of course it's good! Bud Cort looked uncomfortably young but he was 22-23 at the time, 20 as Harold. Harold and Maude are stark contrast in every aspect, but I believe he genuinely loved her.
With its foot in the Summer of Love-era as well as forward to the censor-breaking films after its time, Harold and Maude is one of the most heartwarming and uplifting dark comedies ever made about death... because it's instead about embracing life. The humor in its boundary-pushing albeit honest and sentimental concept is immaculate, as is the casting. It does follow predictable story mechanics but it's a classic.
Maude ha 80 anni e Harold 16. Si amano e vanno ai funerali assieme. Godono a vedere ruspe che distruggono case. Il loro amore sembra atipico. Ma in realtà di atipico non c'è nulla. Colonna sonora di Cat Stevens. Ci sono dei campi lunghi che fan venire la pelle d'oca. Maude a un certo punto ruba la macchina a un prete. Sono un critico cinematografico.
Macabre as this may be, it exudes life and vitality. It turns the notion of youth/ life and age/ death on its head and gives us a movie that doesn't preach about living life to the fullest, it shows us. The soundtrack drives this wayward search for meaning and inspires a sense of hope that death can actually be beautiful. Very moving, although flawed with several of the secondary characters development.
What a gem! (And how the hell hadn’t I heard of this before?) A clash of morbidity and life-affirming anarchism in the form of a very eccentric love story with an ending that I certainly didn’t know to expect but that suits the film perfectly. The film could’ve gone on forever, and I’d still be watching what these two are up to.