Quartet | A Film that Asks,"What does it mean to grow old?"
At a home for retired opera singers, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents. This film truly captures the life philosophy of “the show must go on”, but more importantly it asks the questions, “What does it mean to grow old?” and “How will we react to huge changes in our lives?”
The film tackles old age with a sense of humor, and you’re guaranteed to laugh, but the nuggets of truth in the story get at the heart of these deep questions that we all ask, whether we were once famous or not. Here are 5 life lessons taken from the film:
We often must let go of what we once were in order to be who we are.
What ails us is not the truest thing about our story. The characters’ talents, shared passion for music and friendships spoke louder than their symptoms dementia or a bad hip.
The better we are at adapting and embracing change, the greater chance we will have of thriving and loving our life in all its stages. We are like cell membranes constantly letting events and people pass in and out of us, to nourish us and teach us something for a short period of time.
We need people at all stages of life to buoy the self, share our stories with, and challenge us to continually grow. In the words of Bette Davis, "aging is no place for sissies", and shouldn’t be tackled alone. Aging is about choosing to have people in your life who make you a better person and to not give a hoot about those who don't.
The truest friends adapt with us and support one another through our quirks and ailments. They choose to continually grow, face their fears, invent and reinvent themselves.
Published on February 19, 2013.