Many pop movies deal with the reality of aging the way that most people do—by ignoring it as best as they can. Fortunately, there have also been artists who have looked at the inevitable head-on, and Later Days brings together some of the most exemplary films to come face to face with the reality of advancing years—both the aches of obsolescence and the compensations that come from accumulated experience. Featuring films by masters like F.W. Murnau, Cristi Puiu, Naomi Kawase, and others, this is a collection of movies that you won’t mind growing old with.
Set entirely on a rotting fishing boat anchored on the Korean coast, Kim’s elegiac, unexpectedly sweet film centers on an elderly man and his charge, a teenage girl.
Borsos’s beloved adventure film gives Richard Farnsworth a career-best role as a former stagecoach robber who emerges from prison after 33 years to find a changed world—then goes right back to his old ways, planning a daring train robbery.
A delicate, charming film from Kawase about intergenerational misunderstandings and the patient, arduous process of artful food preparation.
For her first film, Collins adapted a series of Henry H. Roth stories about three young Puerto Rican men watched over by their father’s ghost.
Puiu’s landmark scabrous satire follows the ailing elderly Mr. Lazarescu on an infernal journey through the Romanian public health system.