THE MAYOR is a stereotype-shattering documentary that reveals the humanity of seniors living life to the fullest in a retirement community in Texas. Through the titular 88-year-old Mayor back on the dating scene, a Southern dame devoted to her deceased husband, and a hilarious firecracker of a woman with sharp wit and tongue intact, the film intimately explores the eternal struggle for love and connection. The octogenarians of THE MAYOR defy cultural expectations and demonstrate how our golden years can be as meaningful, challenging, and triumphant a time as any other.Written by
What a humanizing, funny and sad portrait of life. This documentary shows the octogenarian cast as people, rather than stereotypes or tropes, and it made me realize that's so often how I see the elderly. The movie doesn't assuage any fears you may as a viewer have about getting old and death. But it does portray the people in our midst who think about it more often than many of us, and how they behave in their day-to-day lives. The cast is so different from the non-elderly in some obvious ways, but it also shows similarities and flaws we all share, and it's done in a way that's respectful and true. It's a great movie, and I look forward to more from this director.
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