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Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 5:00 am

Caroline (Fanny Ardant) is at loose ends. She’s a retired  dentist who’s grieving the loss of her best friend and doesn’t know what to do with all her free time. Her daughters give her a trial membership at a local senior center, where she meets dashing computer instructor Julien (Laurent Lafitte), who’s not quite 40. Pretty soon Julien and Caroline are sneaking off to his office for a quickie. This film gives the May-December romance trope a refreshing gender twist, but it feels too lightweight and inconsequential — Caroline never loses her composure, and you never get the sense that anything will go but well for her. That’s too bad, because with more depth and drama, this could’ve been a lovely meditation on aging. Not rated. 94 minutes. In French with subtitles. Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. See review.

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