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Late Bloomers (2006)

Die Herbstzeitlosen (original title)
Centers around four older ladies from the Emmental region. When four older women decide to turn the local corner shop into a chic lingerie store, the whole community is thrown into disarray.


Bettina Oberli


Bettina Oberli (story), Sabine Pochhammer (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephanie Glaser ... Martha Jost
Annemarie Düringer ... Frieda Eggenschwyler
Heidi Maria Glössner Heidi Maria Glössner ... Lisi Bigler
Monica Gubser Monica Gubser ... Hanni Bieri
Hanspeter Müller Hanspeter Müller ... Walter Jost (as Hanspeter Müller-Drossaart)
Peter Wyssbrod Peter Wyssbrod ... Ernst Bieri
Monika Niggeler Monika Niggeler ... Shirley Bigler
Manfred Liechti Manfred Liechti ... Fritz Bieri
Matthias Fankhauser ... Herr Brunner
Lilian Naef Lilian Naef ... Vreni Jost
Walter Ruch Walter Ruch ... Herr Loosli
Alice Bruengger Alice Bruengger ... Lotte (as Alice Brüngger)
Andreas Matti ... Fahrlehrer Fankhauser
Ruth Schwegler Ruth Schwegler ... Silvia Bieri
Alex Freihart Alex Freihart


Centers around four older ladies from the Emmental region. When four older women decide to turn the local corner shop into a chic lingerie store, the whole community is thrown into disarray.

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Swiss German | German

Release Date:

29 March 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Las chicas de la lencería See more »

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Dolby SR


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After its very successful theatrical run (600,000 admissions+) in Switzerland, this made-for-TV movie, sold more than 90,000 units on DVD. See more »

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The Swiss make more than just good cheese.
22 February 2011 | by moonbus-982-519398See all my reviews

A little-old-lady film to warm the cockles of your heart. In a tiny, straight-laced, Swiss village, where everyone knows what everyone else is up to, where people peer out at their neighbors from behind the curtains, a widow opens a sexy-underwear shop and causes a stir. The village divides along 'partisan' lines, with the widow's girlfriends pitching in to help, versus the local politician and vicar who attempt to seize the moral high ground.

The ladies at the center of the story are played by several fine character-actresses and give sparkling performances. One of the charms of the story is that it doesn't have a bad guy; the meanest man in town merely has a bad temper and a cantankerous father to look after.

The English title, Late Bloomers, plays on a double meaning: the little old ladies are late bloomers in the sense of realizing their dreams in retirement age; and "bloomers" in the sense of ladies' underwear. The original title also plays on a double meaning: people on the last lap of life, and yet timelessly young.

While ostensibly a microscopic look at Swiss village life and mentality, what allows it to reach out and speak to a wider audience is that it is a parable about knee-jerk conservatism versus the irrepressible need for change. The Swiss dialect, while contributing enormously to the film's charm and believability, will also, regrettably, limit its reach. As with Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis (France, 2008) aka Willkomen Bei Den Ch'tis, it will have to be suitably subtitled or dubbed in an appropriately rural dialect to attain the recognition it deserves. Hollywood would only over-produce it, I fear, and drain it of the village charm which is essential to its message.

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