The tone of this documentary is quite condescending. “Look how wonderfully odd these old ladies are! Look how bravely they face old age!”
I dislike that tone intensely. Let them speak for themselves, without the prompt of the simpy narrator. Yes. It pisses me off. I got so annoyed that I stopped watching it. Will someone else watch it in its entirety and let me know if they felt the same way?
I think of these women as artists. They have used themselves as works of art. And they do it on old age pensions in London. We see one woman going into an OxFam store and running an unerring eye over other people’s castoffs.
I contrast the approach of this documentary with the last years’ wonderful book Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen. In Cohen’s book there is little commentary, and the comments are made by the women themselves, not filtered through narrative.
The women and their fashion sense are allowed to speak for itself in Advanced Style. Of course these women are wealthy. They live in New York. They buy their clothes in upscale boutiques. But the results are the same. Their sense of style, their love of color and fabric and their audacity in putting their outfits together is the same whatever their budget.