I literally had to change my shirt because I cried so much! What a quietly devastating film. Beulah Bondi is a wonderful actress and broke my heart over and over with her lonely stares and worried vocal quivers. There aren't enough tissues for me to even think about that ending again...
La película más conmovedora que he visto en mucho tiempo. Imposible no reír y, sobre todo, llorar con las desventuras de Lucy y Bark, una entrañable pareja de ancianos que se ven obligados a vivir separados después de 50 años de matrimonio por circunstancias económicas. El retrato que la película hace de la vejez vista como un lastre o carga incómoda en la sociedad sigue vigente. Imprescindible.
A masterpiece. One of the most moving films ever made...even if it was made by a very conservative, rabidly anti-communist director. Still, McCarey had a lot of heart and lot soul. Very hard to make a movie as genuine, tender, beautiful as this. The performances, the staging, editing were all perfect. And one of the most devastating endings ever.
While incredibly heartbreaking and a work of great understanding and maturity, my issue is that it isn't all that memorable. Plus, some scenes feel forced such as when they are all playing cards. Granted, it still does work to an extent as it shows, without judging unfairly, why the grandparents can't fit in the world their children occupy.
Classical Hollywood at some of its best. Simplistic story and nothing revolutionary cinematically and yet this proves a charm in and of itself. Acting as an inspiration for Ozu's masterpiece Tokyo Story the film beautifully captures The disconnect between generations and the sad seemingly inability to reconnect or do anything about it.
Totalmente humana. De esas películas memorables sobre el tema de vejez y, además, una de las historias de amor más sensibles. Lo mejor llega tal vez cuando los amantes se reencuentran. Es un repaso a la memoria sin dejar de ver el presente. Ese paseo por la ciudad me recuerda levemente a esos dos amantes de "Sunrise", todo se ve tan feliz y hay una especie de miedo a lo trágico, cosa que aquí sucede. Final tristísimo
For a film from pre-WW II to have such a definitive voice about the lack of grace and dignity in the latter years of aging in a modern America this film rings true today. This obvious celluloid fuel became fodder for the Ozu - Tokyo Story masterpiece and is so frumpy one can't believe a knock out tear drainer is charging down the line. Be ready to be saddened to the lowest rungs with cinematic panache and style.
Thank god for the Criterion Collections greatly designed dvd covers, without which I would have never thought to watch this film. I agree it reminded me of Tokyo Story, but I liked this alot more. While Tokyo Story seemed ancient in it's style, this film seemed ahead of it's time. How ironic for a film about an elderly couple to feel ahead of it's time... I loved how it was both humorous and touching at once.
Killer poignancy conveyed with a deceptively simple premise: an elderly couple loses their home to foreclosure and are forced to separate when none of their children can or care to host them both. The resilience of the couple's love is both inspiring and utterly devastating. I'm not crying, it's just raining on my face.