On Thursday night of last week, I had the amazing opportunity to watch the premiere screening of a new documentary titled "Older Than Ireland." The documentary follows a number of centenarians who are 100 or older living in different parts of Ireland.
From a cinematic perspective, the shots were absolutely beautiful and the interviews were beautifully composed with amazing lighting. In terms of story and using emotion to keep the audience intrigued, the directors used this to their advantage. The beginning of the documentary started off very comedic to the point where my stomach hurt from laughing. However, the story of living to 100 years old isn't all happy and funny. The mood of the story gradually transitions to the sad moments.
We sometimes say that we want to live to 100 but the documentary puts things in a different perspective. Based on what the centenarians said, living to 100 or more is not all that it's talked up to be. (On average, people pass away anywhere between 70-90). Of course, there are exceptional people who live beyond that but not many are so lucky to reach 100 (although they may be close).
Because of this, living that long can be sad and lonely. As you continue to age and live, the people you love around you die or get caught up in their own lives and you are really left alone. Despite all the amazing memories and wisdom these people had to share, they were alone in the end and lost quite a few people they loved in the past. I must say that I definitely shed a tear if not more.
After watching the documentary, I began to reflect on my own life and my own family. While it would be pretty cool to live to be 100, I can honestly say that I wouldn't want to. I wouldn't want to see my loved ones die before I do. I wouldn't want to see to the love of my life die before I do and be stuck with the memories but also the pain without them being by my side.
All in all, "Older Than Ireland" is a documentary to see. From the funny things the centenarians say to the loss to the wisdom they have to offer, the people featured in the film have more to offer than just their stories but a new perspective.