Rossellini flowers in solid company

LATE BLOOMERS (PG)3/5 Selected release (89 minutes)

LATE BLOOMERS (PG)3/5 Selected release (89 minutes)

ON SCREEN, Isabella Rossellini brings with her a kind of integrity, even in the smallest of roles.

In Late Bloomers, co-written and directed by Julie Gavras, she is a character who in another kind of movie could have been a secondary figure a woman who has devoted herself to supporting a successful man.

Rossellini is Mary, an Italian who has been living in Britain for years, and has devoted herself to her architect husband, Adam (William Hurt), and to bringing up their three children. They are now grown up, with careers and aspirations of their own, but she still maintains a nurturing role, particularly with Adam.

She is trying to come to terms with the prospect of turning 60, and embracing all that this means.

She's embracing it far too enthusiastically for Adam, who doesn't want gadgets in his house to identify him with, or remind him of, frailty, illness or retirement.

He seeks out younger people to work and socialise with. It's as if they are the key to keeping him in touch with the cutting edge work that he still believes in even if a state-of-the-art retirement village is on offer as a project.

For her mid-life romantic comedy, Gavras has a solid cast. Alongside Rossellini and the slightly distant Hurt, Mary's activist best friend, Charlotte is played by Joanna Lumley (pictured, who plays more in the tradition of Ab Fab's Saffy rather than Patsy) Simon Callow is a bluff real estate baron keeping old age at bay there's even a fleeting appearance by veteran actor Leslie Phillips.

But Rossellini is at the centre of Late Bloomers and, even in the lightest and slightest moments of the movie, there's a saving gravity to her presence and her style.

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