When it comes to the movies, it can often seem as if women disappear from the screen from the ages of 40 to 65 – as if life is most dramatic when you’re young and discovering the world, or old and facing up to death.
Since the stories of those middle decades go largely untold, the release of excellent comedy I Got Life! is very welcome indeed, redressing the imbalance with a story about middle-age that’s as funny as it is moving.
The second film from actor-turned-director Blanding Lenoir, I Got Life! is a celebration of being a woman, facing the rough times, embracing the good times and doing it all your own way.
The film centres on Aurore (Agnès Jaoui, star of comedy hit
In a film that takes a hilarious, heartwarming and ultimately life-affirming look at middle-age, the answer is an emphatic
Although its lead is a woman in her 50s, I Got Life! is about all stages of womanhood. Through Aurore’s daughters we see the heartache of first love, the joy of becoming a mother, and the shift in which you view your own parents as you grow older.
This is the perfect celebration of what it is to be a woman because its generation-spanning drama considers female relationships of all ages. If you’ve had enough of seeing the same old stories, I Got Life! is proof that women of all ages have tales to tell, and they’re fabulous.
What better way to ward off the Sunday blues than by heading to a free screening before the film hits cinemas on 23 March?
Join us on Sunday 18 March for an exclusive screening at the following venues: Gate Cinema Notting Hill, Hackney Picturehouse, Crouch End Picturehouse and Clapham Picturehouse. Arrive at 10.30am for an 11am start.