Silver screening! Local seniors spend V-Day watching elders speed date in new film • Brooklyn Paper

Silver screening! Local seniors spend V-Day watching elders speed date in new film

Lovely film: Robin Marion, Maureen Beale, Alice Boyle, and Judy Parris enjoyed the Valentine’s Day screening of “The Age of Love” at Il Centro.
Photo by Trey Pentecost

True love never gets old.

Some local seniors spent Valentine’s Day screening a new documentary about a group of elders who attempt speed dating to find romance in their golden years. The film reminded viewers that those searching for their special someone often seek companionship for the same reasons, no matter their age, according to a Bay Ridgite who watched it.

“They were all just saying the same thing: they want to be in a healthy relationship, to be happy,” Ridgite Carmen Feliciano said of those featured in the documentary. “It was interesting that no matter what age [you are], everybody’s always looking for the same thing.”

Feilciano and the other elders screened the flick at Bensonhurst’s Italian-American cultural center, Il Centro, which finally opened last year after years of delays. Audience members dined on a buffet of Italian pastries and candy before settling in for the documentary, which follows 30 seniors living in upstate New York who attend a first-of-its-kind speed-dating session for 70- to 90-year-olds.

The movie addressed the roller coaster of emotions that seniors coping with loneliness experience, and the fear that comes with re-entering the dating scene, according to one oldster who watched it, who said the documentary did not scare her off from trying the timed dates.

“The movie was fantastic — it was happy, it was sad, it was real,” said Robin Marion, who lives in Marine Park. “I would love to try speed dating.”

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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