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.
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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 Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 3:30 pm, February 20, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

June from Park Slope says:
Ha ha ha! This is hilarious! After the speed dating, they’re gonna be bumpin’ uglies ! Stuffing a floppy hot dog in a worn out leather bag!
Feb. 20, 2019, 4:16 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
They should make a film about how a bunch of seditious traitors tried to overthrow President Trump but were foiled by those that believe in the rule of law.
Feb. 20, 2019, 4:29 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
They should make a film about me and call it Dumb And Dumber. Or The 60 Year Old Virgin.
Feb. 20, 2019, 6:01 pm
Milaine says:
What is “speed dating”? Like IRL tinder?
Feb. 21, 2019, 6:16 am
Feminist from Park Slope says:
Only women in the picture? Continuing our objectification? Saying that a woman is only good for a fast date, then a rejection by a MAN?! It's 2018 people! Get with the times! This attitude belongs in the Middle Ages!!!
Feb. 21, 2019, 7:23 am
Robin Marion from See Article says:
The name of the film we saw was a wonderful documentary called THE AGE OF LOVE, directed by Steven Loring. Speed dating is in person. People have short conversations & then move on to a new person. An organized event. This movie was about seniors who attended such an event & who they met ( or didn't meet).
Feb. 23, 2019, 10:14 am

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