Still Doing It: The Sexual Lives of Women Over 65

Proudly libidinous golden-agers are celebrated in "Still Doing It: The Sexual Lives of Women Over 65," sympathetic yet superficial docu that could find appreciative auds among indulgent festivalgoers and cable viewers.

Proudly libidinous golden-agers are celebrated in “Still Doing It: The Sexual Lives of Women Over 65,” sympathetic yet superficial docu that could find appreciative auds among indulgent festivalgoers and cable viewers.

Written and directed by Deirdre Fishel (“Risk”), pic focuses on women aged 65 to 87 who speak of their still-vital sexual appetites with equal measures of joy, gratitude and defiance. Most voluble of the bunch is Betty Dodson, a brassy, blunt-spoken 73-year-old author who revels in her relationship with Eric, an attentive live-in lover 47 years her junior. Other interviewees offer testimony ranging from ruefully funny to affectingly poignant. Frances, an 87-year-old nursing home resident, appears radiant as she describes the ongoing affair (and occasional trysts) with her “first great love,” a man she didn’t meet until after she turned 80. Ellen, 68, describes coming out late in life, and finding a simpatico partner in 70-year-old Dolores. Interviews are interspersed with pertinent factoids about demographic trends and rampant ageism. In reference to latter, Fishel includes a salient quote, attributed to Goldie Hawn, describing the three stages of a woman’s life in Hollywood: “Babe, district attorney and Driving Miss Daisy.”

Still Doing It: The Sexual Lives of Women Over 65

Production: A Films Transit Intl. presentation. Produced by Deirdre Fishel, Diana Holtzberg. Directed, written by Deirdre Fishel.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Caroline Kim, Fishel; editor, Mathieu Borseyvicz. Reviewed on videotape, Austin, Texas, March 16, 2004. (At SXSW Film Festival, Documentary Competition.) Running time: 56 MIN.

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