Monday, February 25, 2008

Bloomers Missed at Oscars

Lingerie, Older Ladies, and Foreign Language Films...Oh my!

Nominated for the Swiss Film Prize, Die Herbstzeitlosen (Late Bloomers) was one film that people were saying should have been included at the Oscars yesterday. The Federal Cultural Office in Switzerland submitted Late Bloomers in the Best Foreign Language Film catagory due to its "universal themes and the high quality of its screenplay, directing, and casting."

You must be asking, "What does this Swiss film and the Oscars have to do with lingerie?"

Late Bloomers (c)enters 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.

I've read that Late Bloomers is in the vein of Calendar Girls, which I thought was a feel-good movie that proves we're all young at heart. Who wants to go quietly into that good night? Why not be sassy, have a little fun and celebrate your inner Eve--at any age. That's exactly what these women in Late Bloomers do, so I've been told. And from the looks of the photo it seems they're trying to break people of granny panties also...I like the movie already!

According to Swiss Info, ...(t)he film's popularity both in Switzerland and abroad, the enthusiastic reviews and the fact that it had the support of distributor Buena Vista International had convinced the office's group of experts of Late Bloomers' Oscar potential.

Around 600,000 people have seen the film in Switzerland, making it one of the most popular productions of the last 25 years and the second-most popular Swiss film ever...

..."This film is about how life isn't finished at 50 or 60, that you can still have dreams and reach your goals at a mature age, and this touched the audience, especially older people and women," said Jungen, who is also a film scholar at Zurich University.

Click on Swiss Info to read the entire article.

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