Synopsis by Mark Deming
While advances in geriatric medicine and healthier lifestyles are helping Americans to live longer than ever before, attitudes toward the elderly have not changed at the same pace, and to many people the sex lives of senior citizens is a subject that's best left off the agenda. Filmmaker Deirdre Fishel, however, gives a number of women over 65 a chance to discuss how their erotic lives have not only survived but thrived with the passage of time in this documentary. Author and sex therapist Betty Dodson talks about her relationship with her current boyfriend, who happens to be 47 years her junior. A woman named Ellen reveals how she came out of the closet as a senior citizen and describes her happiness with her 70-year-old lover, Dolores. And 87-year-old Frances, who lives in a nursing home, shares the story of how she finally met the love of her life only seven years ago, with whom she is still enjoying a satisfying physical relationship. Fishel and her subjects also discuss the effects of age discrimination in our culture, and the lack of positive elderly role models in the media and in mass entertainment. Still Doing It was shown in competition at the 2003 South by Southwest Film Festival.
sexuality, aging, self-identity, women, beauty [physical], desire, life-changes, mortality, stereotype, taboo