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It tells a story of ageless yearnings amid oxygen tanks and creaky joints.
And, like any good reality show, it involves raw emotional drama and comedic touches – the stuff of speed dating. Try thinking back to high school dances – then add steroids.
They’ve all signed up for a senior speed dating event that Loring has picked as the locus for his exploration of love and how it changes – or doesn’t – as we age.
Many interviews and hours of filming later, when “The Age of Love” premiered in April 2014 at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California, one audience member called it “the best reality show I have ever seen.” That might be because the film is an immensely honest look at ordinary people who find themselves unexpectedly looking for love later in life.
His resolve is tested at the moment of reckoning when he receives the envelope containing the letter that informs him of how many takers he has – and whom.
You see the sting when he reads his results: “To be perfectly honest with you, I thought, out of 15, I’d probably be able to at least hook up with at least three or four of them, instead of one.” And then he recovers.
No contact information is exchanged on the spot, but if there is chemistry, both people are notified by mail and take it from there.
According to Loring, senior speed dating is on the rise; he first came across an event in Florida, where it’s a popular activity among retirees.
The object is not to give up on life,” Lou, an 82-year-old body builder says.
Yet in the face of doubt, they’re determined not to give up.
“You realize you can recover,” one of the speed daters says.
“Life goes on, and the ones who don’t let life go on are the ones who shortchange themselves.” As much as this film is about love, it’s also about resilience.
“I’m virile – I’m ready,” says Matt, who trails his oxygen tank through his speed dating experience. “You just have to say when my time’s up it’s up and go for it. “But this is who I am, and I think it’s better just to be me.