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Jane Fonda and Geraldine Chaplin get frisky in their golden years in this French-language dramedy import....
Kino / 96 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: March 19, 2013
I’m sure writer/director Stephane Robelin is tired of hearing that All Together seems like a French-language twin to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but the two films really do traverse similar dramatic ground. We don’t travel to India and have fabulous adventures in All Together – things here are far more simplistic and perhaps realistic – but both movies showcase characters coming to terms with the reality of age and how one’s autumn years might be as magical as they are horrifying.
Basically the shtick of All Together is that a gaggle of buddies – led by Jane Fonda (speaking French!) and Geraldine Chaplin (also!) – decide that instead of checking themselves into retirement homes, they’re going to buy a house together and share duties. It’s a perfectly logical concept, but as is usually the case, eventually complications arise, and the husbands and wives cohabitating in the wonderfully pleasant locale in the picture find themselves slaves to old age and the health issues that come with it.
As a film, though, All Together is neither as spritely or profound as it could have been. It’s a marvelous treat to watch Fonda and Chaplin chew scenery together on screen – their performances are without question the movie’s hallmark – but Robelin’s material defaults so frequently to Lifetime-movie cliché that it’s hard to mine much earnest emotion out of the thing. It’s a fine story told capably, but it’s ultimately – and unfortunately – forgettable.