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It's Hard to Be An Older Slut

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | October 8, 2010 | Comments ()

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | October 8, 2010 |


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The French know how to handle older women - at least according to Kristin Scott Thomas (Tell No One, I've Loved You So Long). Having hit the big 50 recently, she's enjoying taking roles such as the wife she plays in Catherine Corsini's Leaving. The award winning, Oscar nominated actress notes the contrast between how women over 40 are perceived in different countries, saying, "I think the thing about France in particular--and maybe other countries like Italy, not so much in England, because England kind of apes the U.S.--the way women are perceived is not that once you're past 40, you're past IT. But on the contrary, experience is very attractive, and we like seeing a woman with lines, we like seeing a woman who looks like she has experience; that's exciting. I think that's just a pity there isn't a little more of that elsewhere." (Huffington Post) In Leaving, she portrays a wife in an abusive marriage who falls for another man and gives up everything - money, status, home, family - in her life to be with him. The film required Scott Thomas to participate in several sex scenes and she enjoyed showing the reality of being a sensuous older woman.

We've seen the cheating story many times over (Unfaithful, Little Children, The Painted Veil) but this one is French and everyone knows the French do it better. I mean, look at Johnny Depp - he's basically pretending to be French and it makes him even more attractive to a lot of women. So though she's cheating and these things usually end badly, at least we can see a lovely, over-40 actress who isn't afraid of her age and still embraces her sexuality. And hey, fucking around in French!

Leaving opened in limited release October 1, 2010 and if you're lucky it'll play at a nearby little art theater.


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