VIFF 2013 review: Autumn's Spring
An elderly woman breaks away from her fellow dancers and bolts across the stage with her arms outstretched. The gesture, at once brave and fierce as it is vulnerable, is emblematic of Autumn's Spring: the assertion of the will in the face of inescapable physical decline. This rallying cry against ageism follows 20 French seniors performing Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, under the sensitive direction of choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang, in Paris. Needless to say, their accounts of rejuvenation and self-discovery inject new life into the clichéd expression "It's never too late".
Cinematheque, October 5 (10 a.m.), 8 (2:30), and 10 (7 p.m.)