Senior citizens may be dominating the global population, but they have not been the popular demographic on the film screen.   When they do make it into films, it’s rare that the elderly are portrayed in a positive light and leave us with a contented feeling about ageing.  This is hopefully about to change.

Pixar’s “Up” succeeded in opening up the hearts of all ages to enjoy elderly characters as endearing, comical, and inspiring.  Now Spain brings us a 2D animated film for adults, “Wrinkles”, by Paco Roca. 

Although the film is based on a 2008 comic book by the same name, Roca borrowed experiences and personalities from actual experience he had with people living with Alzheimer’s.  He spent six months conducting research in a nursing home and interviewing people as role models for his characters.

The film brings up an important topic not often discussed outside of care giving circles, but may be used as a great way to broach the topic when it’s difficult to talk about it.

The film is sad, funny, heartbreaking and heartwarming.  According to the synopsis, “Wrinkles portrays the friendship between Emilio and Miguel, two aged gentlemen shut away in a care home. Recent arrival Emilio, in the early stages of Alzheimer, is helped by Miguel and colleagues to avoid ending up on the feared top floor of the care home, also known as the lost causes or “assisted” floor. Their wild plan infuses their otherwise tedious day-to-day with humor and tenderness, because although for some their lives is coming to an end, for them it is just beginning.”

The film has won awards across Europe, UK and US including first prize in several national film festivals. “Wrinkles” is coming to theaters worldwide this year. You can watch the trailer here: