Cloud 9—Love Is Timeless and Ageless

“A rose is a rose is a rose…” Love can happen at any age and, as the German film Cloud 9 sensitively and realistically shows, so can lust…followed by passionate sex.

Inge is a sixty-seven year old woman—not Sophia Loren or Jane Fonda at sixty-seven, but Ursula Werner—short, flabby, and liver-spotted, with a plain, pudding face, thinning hair and a decided lack of eyebrows. Inge, leads a quiet life with Werner (Horst Rehberg), her quieter husband of thirty years. To earn pocket money, Inge does small tailoring jobs.

One day, in a completely uncharacteristic move, she goes out of her way to deliver a finished garment to an attractive seventy-six year old client, Karl (Horst Westphal) and very clearly comes on to him. They have sex and begin a halting affair. Inge tries to resist the pull of her new lover. She’s visibly and viscerally torn. We feel it acutely. Her devotion to and regard for her husband seems undiminished. But the new man, Karl, offers an enthusiastic and lively participation in life that Inge doesn’t find at home. Then there’s the great sex. Not surprisingly, Inge falls in love.

The film is believable and moving. There’s much less dialogue than one might expect, especially in such a fraught situation. (The film is in German with subtitles). We feel the range of emotions being felt by the characters—tension, expectation, guilt, regret, tenderness, and joy.

Anyone who has ever wondered whether the elderly can enjoy a healthy sex life, will have no doubt after this film, directed by Andreas Dresen. The elderly bodies are shown with full-frontal, non-judgmental nudity (no actual sex, of course), that may be off-putting at first, but in the end, is courageous, and in its way, both beautiful and touching.

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Alix Cohen is the recipient of eight New York Press Club Awards for work published on this venue. Her writing history began with poetry, segued into lyrics and took a commercial detour while holding executive positions in product development, merchandising, and design. A cultural sponge, she now turns her diverse personal and professional background to authoring pieces about culture/the arts with particular interest in artists/performers and entrepreneurs. Theater, music, art/design are lifelong areas of study and passion. She is a voting member of Drama Desk and Drama League. Alix’s professional experience in women’s fashion fuels writing in that area. Besides Woman Around Town, the journalist writes for Cabaret Scenes, Broadway World, and Theater Pizzazz. Additional pieces have been published by The New York Post, The National Observer’s Playground Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, Times Square Chronicles, and ifashionnetwork. She lives in Manhattan. Of course.