AND IF WE ALL LIVED TOGETHER? (TVA, 2011) D: Stéphane Robelin, w/ Jane Fonda, Geraldine Chaplin. Rating: NNN; DVD package: none Rating: NNN
After one of them has a heart attack, five long-time friends now in their 70s decide they'll live together and care for each other rather than submit to the horrors of rest homes.
One of them is very ill and keeping it secret, another is losing his mind to Alzheimer's, a third is sex-obsessed, and the final two bicker. Into this group comes a handsome young hired man who begins studying them for his anthropology thesis. Light comedy and poignant moments ensue.
The veteran cast - Jane Fonda, Geraldine Chaplin, Guy Bedos, Claude Rich and Pierre Richard - handle their chores with ease and make a point of letting us see glimpses of their younger selves.
Mutually assisted living is an idea that's gaining ground. In the absence of extras, google "Baba Yaga's House" for a look at one project that scored $20 million from the French government and a woman who's working on building the idea in Canada.
EXTRAS French audio. English subtitles.