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Historical Piece with Eternal Issues
on August 28, 2013
In the early 70s while on a holiday in Victoria, we saw part of The Prime. I always wondered how it turned out. The recent viewing finds me at a very different phase of life and the movie is probably more meaningful now than it would have been when I was 25. How does a person deal with aging? How does a person gain self-worth and what if you change your mind late in the game? Is romantic love or family the only thing that can carry us through the final years of our decreasing vitality and the anticipation of the end of life as we have known it? As usual the people in this film always think maybe conditions on the other side of the fence might be just the ones needed for a transition to the acceptance of the inevitable, mortality.
A viewer can skip all the psych and just watch the film for the story itself, and of course for Maggie Smith, young and even more energetic than she is now. With a bit of guidance a person could even learn a bit of history on a time that has now become fairly unmentioned except maybe in english class when the teacher is trying to explain Hemingway, the Lost Generation, or wars before the big 2.