The Amazon description of this movie is simply wrong. The marriage of this older couple is never put to any test. Nor do they have a comfortable retirement in France, though they have a nice enough flat and enough money to eat most meals in a restaurant. It is not comfortable, because they are not happy there; it is never explained why they retired to France when she speaks hardly any French, they do not mix with the locals, and they have children and grandchildren elsewhere. Indeed, their situation is inexplicable, and his yearning after the young woman who with her boyfriend they befriend, is just pathetic. The only explanation of all this, which the movie touches upon in a doctor’s visit, is that he is clinically depressed; he certainly seems so.
If I were young, I might imagine that this is how old people live: lonely, lusting after youth, generally depressed. But I am older than this man appears to be, and I am none of those things. As a window into the last stage of life, then, this movie fails. As entertainment, it’s even worse: slow moving, boring, depressing. I give it 2 stars for good acting and pretty scenery, but as a way to spend an evening, I would rate it 0.