69: Love Sex Senior
In the eyes of most young people, the elderly have left their days of physical intimacy and love well behind them. Like aging bodies, relationships show signs of wear and tear after so many years, and many people believe that being in love and having sexual desires is all but impossible after the age of 70. In this intimate documentary, filmmaker Menna Laura Meijer proves the opposite. She asks a number of older people about their love lives and how they experience sexuality, and the interviews are peppered with observations on everyday life and interaction. Atie and Kees have been together for more than 60 years, but they still strike us as very much in love. Following a life full of heterosexual and homosexual encounters, an 85-year-old talks about how he has only now found his first true love – with all the physical desires and experiences that come along with it. We see a woman shuttle back and forth between her beloved husband, who has severe dementia, and her boyfriend, with whom she goes on trips. All of the protagonists in this film convincingly show that love and sex remain a significant part of our lives in all kinds of ways, even once we are old.
Menna Laura Meijer
Joost Seelen for Zuidenwind Filmproductions
Estelle Bovelander for Zuidenwind Filmproductions