Representing older people’s sexuality on-screen is not an easy task and is rarely done in a respectful manner (on representation of older women in cinema, I recommend an excellent essay by Rina Rosselson we published in 2011, ‘Who is interested in old women?’).
Les Invisibles, a documentary from Sébastien Lifshitz, director of Come Undone and Wild Side, features 11 men and women born between the wars in France. Seemingly they have nothing in common except their homosexuality and growing up in a less open, more intolerant society. Now in their 60s and 70s, they tell their personal stories, either shared or alone. These lives are often revealing and pioneering as they recall their personal experiences.
CN Lester, reviewing the film for The F-Word, notices these two kinds of invisibility, saying that Lifshitz’s documentary purports
to examine not only the last half decade or so of lesbian and gay French life, but to shine a light on what it is to live as an older queer person in a society that negates and mocks the sexuality of the over 60s, and in a gay community that frequently fetishises youth to an unhealthy extent.
Les Invisibles is released on DVD by Peccadillo Pictures.