The Time of Their Lives

5.8 IMDb
10 March 2017 Release
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Genre:Comedy
Year:2017
Country:UK
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Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover's funeral on glamorous French hideaway Ile-de-Re, former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins) escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage. Pooling their limited resources, they hit the road together by coach, ferry, car and foot in a race to get to the funeral on time, becoming entangled in a love triangle with a reclusive Italian millionaire (Franco Nero) along the way. On this unforgettable journey, they find true friendship in one another - and have the time of their lives.

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Movie Comments

  1. Stootomlin, 1 week ago
    This is a really sweet film. It's like the OAP version of Thelma and Louise.

    The film revolves around Helen and Pricilla, played by Joan and Pauline Collins.

    Helen is a narcissistic former film star, who was huge back in the 1960's, but since then she's been forgotten, all after she fell apart, and disappeared from the public eye, some years ago. She hasn't accepted the fact that it's over for her, even though when we first meet her, she is being taken out for a trip from an old people's home.

    Priscilla's very Mumsie. She is just a likable person. Sadly, her husband treats her like crap, and she is living an albeit comfortable, yet miserable life. She accidentally gets caught up in the old people's trip, and our story begins.

    There is also the small, yet memorable part of Alberto, played by Franco Nero. Alberto is an Italian artist who the girls stumble upon, he is kind, and affectionate, and he shows Priscilla just what she might be missing in life.

    The chemistry between Joan and Pauline Collins is great, they bounce off each other and each and every interaction feel natural, but what else would you expect from two women who have been acting for over 100 years between them?

    There's a lot of talk about how older actors, and especially older actresses, don't get a lot of work anymore. Often because few good parts are written for them. Films like RED, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the soon to be released Going in Style, should show studio execs that older actors still have something special to offer. No, scrap that, not 'still have', they have something that younger actors don't have, decades of experience. Why would we waste it? It makes no sense.

    Back to our film.

    Our two friends travel to France to attend the funeral of the director who cast Helen in her first big film role. Along their journey, they discover a few things both about each other, and about themselves. There is a very serious undertone that runs through this film, it has a sadness, that comes with loss, a loss we all feel at some point in our lives. Yet, it still manages to laugh, at itself, at the situation it finds itself in, at life. I've always felt that this is the best way to deal with pain and adversity, so I appreciate the message that this film puts across.

    In the loosest sense, this is a road movie, and a charming one at that, with in fact very little time actually spent on the road, but it's hard to describe it as much else. It's a story of self-discovery, and although it may not be perfect, it's well worth a watch.
  2. phd_travel, 1 week ago
    Who would think a road trip movie in France with 2 elderly actresses would turn out to be quite interesting and unexpected in the direction things take. An unhappily married woman with a nasty husband and a former movie star setting off to a funeral of a director in France end up together on a trip in Brittany - Ile de Re. The scenery is interesting - not as beautiful as the South of France but watchable for it being unfamiliar.

    It's refreshing to see different older actresses in this kind of roles. A nice change from Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. Joan Collins has an expressive face and manages to convey comedy and emotion well. Some actresses her age have too much botox and can't show any expression at all. Pauline Collins isn't as well preserved but she is perfect for her role. Franco Nero plays an Italian artist and love interest.

    Worth a watch.
  3. Karen Naylor, 1 week ago
    In this Roger Goldby (Cutting It, The Waiting Room) written and directed film, Joan Collins (TVs Dynasty, Empire of the Ants) stars as former Hollywood siren Helen and Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine, TVs Mount Pleasant) as unhappily married Priscilla, who embark upon a trip to France for Helen's ex-lovers funeral. Priscilla meets Helen on the anniversary of her son's death when she goes shopping with her controlling husband Frank (Ronald Pickup: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Lolita) and Helen, who is about to embark on a retirement home trip to the seaside, commandeers her to help with her bags. As Priscilla is a fan she helps Helen and boards the coach with her bags, but gets stranded on it when it sets off with her, leaving her seething husband behind.

    Narcissistic kleptomaniac Helen convinces Priscilla to accompany her on the trip to France where they meet Italian artist Alberto (Franco Nero: Django, Django Unchained), who begins to woo Priscilla, much to Helen's chagrin, and she starts to see what her life could have been like.

    The film tries to be a cross between a funny road trip, like an OAP Thelma and Louise, and a serious journey of self discovery, similar to Shirley Valentine, but as it falls between the two camps it ends up being a lacklustre buddy movie with an unbelievable storyline. It felt like the plot and theme lost its way several times and some aspects, like the brilliant acting turn by Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TVs Nip/Tuck) as Lucy for example, were wasted as it went nowhere.

    It has some touching moments, particularly when Priscilla and Alberto connect, and there were some moments of humour that weren't into the realm of ludicrous, but sadly it was not the comedy expected from the trailer nor the emotional journey it probably was trying to be.

    I am aware that I am younger than the audience it is aimed at, and those of the right age who remember Franco Nero at the height of his fame, such as my friend Karen, enjoyed the film, so if you fall into this category you should give it a try. But my friend and I were disappointed that it was so disjointed.