Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Les Femme d'Un Certain Age

Emmanuelle Riva, star of the Palme d'Or film Amour.
The Cannes Film Festival has rolled up its soggy red carpet -- lots and lots of rain -- until next year. But before we say au revoir, I thought it might be fun to take one last look at the beautiful women of a certain age who added absolute glamour to the scene.

Emmanuelle Riva.
Look at that face above. Isn't she lovely? The 85-year-old actress is the star of the film, Amour, which won this year's Palme d'Or. Her co-star is 81-year-old Jean-Louis Trintignant whom we have not seen for many years except on the stage in Paris.

Reviewers who like to look beyond one award to the next are predicting the film, by Austrian director Michael Haneke, will win the Academy Award for best foreign language film. They called the love story "heartbreakingly honest."

Isabelle Huppert co-stars with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Riva in Amour.
I think it is thrilling to see, even if rarely, roles for actresses of a certain age and beyond. It is somehow comforting to realize some directors (and producers who take the gamble) believe that there is an audience out here for touching, heartwarming stories that make age irrelevant. A life well-lived is not reserved only for the very young. Au contraire.

Here then is a parade of beauties who prove life does begin at 40 -- and then continues for the duration. It's a decision for each of us to make.

Naomi Watts.
Julianna Margulies.
Sandrine Bonnaire, hand-in-hand with actress Alexandra Lamy wife of Jean Dujardin, winner of the Academy Award for best actor in the film, The Artist.
Andie MacDowell and her daughter, Sarah.

Jane Fonda times three. (Maybe she could be the model for a sort of Barbie of a certain age. What do you think? The decision would probably need a serious potential market investigation.)
Emanuelle Devos.
Tilda Swinton.
Carole Bouquet.
A demain my darling amis.

26 comments:

Young at Heart said...

ooh am inspired....also really want that shirt Tilda's wearing!!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Barbie of a certain age...got to love it!! I so hope I look that great when in my 80s!!

The Style Crone said...

Beautiful photos! I love to see these women embracing their longevity! To age is a privilege.

déjà pseu said...

Gorgeous shots. I love Mme Riva's blue gown, and look forward to seeing that film.

helen tilston said...

Good Morning Tish

Emanuel Riva how stunningly beautiful is that face. It radiates wisdom, understanding, love, compassion and everything will be all right. Jean Louis Trintignant always welcomes dialogue and that gown. It is such a beautiful example, imao, of how elegant and sexy one can be without revealing much or telling all.
A brilliant post
Helenxx

Awakening my Wardrobe said...

Thanks for sharing such great photos of these women and the inspiration.

kathy peck said...

I can't wait to see that film, have heard nothing but raves. All the photos of the women are wonderful.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

What fun it would be to wear a red carpet gown...I love Naomi Watt's dress.
Jane Fonda as Barbie?
Didn't she do a film Barbarella?
I think you might be onto something...

RebeccaNYC said...

You DO know the blog "Advanced Style", I am sure. The women are so beautiful, and they are everywhere on the street, not just on a red carpet.

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Check it out! You'll love it...

Lost in Provence said...

Very, very inspiring all around. From what I have seen, I need to wait to see the movie on DVD. I believe that my weepiness could be a public nuisance!

BigLittleWolf said...

Inspiring, without question. Thank you for these fabulous pictures!

Tricia said...

Beautiful photographs as ever & Haneke did win for the top prize at Cannes. It sounds that it is well deserved and I am really looking forward to it. Love your line - A life well lived is not only reserved for the young - excellent. - Thank you.

Avril Leigh said...

I have just seen the movie "Harold and Maud"...OK so it was made 20 years ago and I am a bit behind the times...but what a wonderful vision of life in old age is presented by Maud, so life affirming.

Duchesse said...

Emanuelle Devos, love her!

Is not "a certain age" a period before one's 80s? By our 80s, we are all old, if we are lucky enough to get there.

It would be interesting to hear what age span the phrase conjures, as there seems to be no definition and therefore agreement.

Duchesse said...

Just read one of your previous posts where you wrote,
" 'a certain age' starts in the 40s and tops off in the 70s"- so maybe we can find another phrase for 80-plusses like the stunning Ms Riva. Elder? Grande dame?

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sisty said...

Emmanuelle Davos and Carole Bouquet look like women I could sit down and talk with. The others, not so much. And Tilda Swinton is beginning to look too forbidding and self-aware to interest me much any more.

Carol said...

If l look half as wonderful at 85 as Emmanuelle Riva does l will be one very happy lady. She is so chic in her elegant blue outfit.

Melissa said...

Emmanuelle Riva looks gorgeous and the lovely blue gown she chose was so flattering to her silver hair.
Last night in Australia we watched Miriam Margoyles on a local show Q&A. Beautiful is not the description that usually comes to mind when one thinks of this talented actress, but last night she looked stunning. Wearing a grey outfit and topped by a baby blue scarf, with huge square cut earrings (could they be diamonds!!) which lit her face, she was an inspiration. I would love you to be able to find an image from that show and post it for everyone to enjoy.

josina said...

great post i so agree!I think women with personality begin to show greater beauty after 40. I think it is all about attitude, and not hiding your age but neither giving up beauty because you are middlea aged etc

josina said...

great post i so agree!I think women with personality begin to show greater beauty after 40. I think it is all about attitude, and not hiding your age but neither giving up beauty because you are middlea aged etc

Alice Olive said...

Jane Fonda could indeed be the barbie of a certain age. If only her hair weren't so .... starched.

Carole Bouquet gets more lovely.

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Naomi Watts's gown is my favorite! It's elegance is undeniably outpouring.

cheap gothic victorian dresses said...

Gorgeous photos!
Emmanuelle Riva looks awesome!So elegant!

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