In Praise of Older Women (1978)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  22 September 1978 (Canada)
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Andras Varda grows up in a turbulent, war-torn Hungary, where he procures local girls for the occupying G.I.'s during World War II. Disappointed by girls of his age, he meets Maya, a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andras Vayda
Ann MacDonald
Alexandra Stewart ...
Marianne McIsaac ...
Andras Vajda Jr
Monique Lepage ...
The Countess
Louise Marleau ...
Woman in Elevator
Lady Teacher
Mignon Elkins ...
Mother Vayda
Joan Stuart ...
Aunt Alice
John Bayliss ...
Glen MacDonald


Andras Varda grows up in a turbulent, war-torn Hungary, where he procures local girls for the occupying G.I.'s during World War II. Disappointed by girls of his age, he meets Maya, a married women in her thirties, who tutors him in the lessons of love and romance. Maya is only the first of many mature women that Andras will meet through his teenage and young adult life. Written by alfiehitchie

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22 September 1978 (Canada)  »

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Donna è meraviglia  »

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Not at all bad, in fact; quite good
4 June 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

To be very honest, I can't really disagree with some of the negative reviews out there concerning this film. But every once in a while, some movie appeals to you and deep down you know that it's really not that good. As for this one, I've seen it a few times and I always enjoy it.

The film basically covers all of Berenger's sexual adventures with women who are somewhat older than he is. While he seems to fall deeply in love with them, these relationships don't seem to work out for him.

I really don't know what point this film is trying to make. Berenger's first real intimate relationship with Karen Black ends when he's unfaithful to her, his next one when he goes to Canada to escape turmoil in his country and leaves his rebel woman behind, the third woman is simply frigid and dumps him after he finally gets her off and finally he can't make it work with Helen Shaver.

I simply enjoy the movie. Tom Berenger is my favorite actor and he's very appealing here, as always. On the whole, this film is well acted, Karen Black very good especially. The movie looks good enough, with convincing settings, but I think it was produced on a relatively low budget. It's fairly dramatic at times, especially when he has to leave one girlfriend behind in war ridden Hungary.

This movie ain't spectacular or anything, but I like it.

One quibble; what's with that poster. Seems like a porno flick, definitely not the cover for this film.

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