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The Age of Adaline Film Review

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published October 27th 2015
Everlasting youth: a blessing or a curse?
How does living forever at the age of 29 sound? No wrinkles, no white hair, no sign of aging at all! This is something many women have dreamt and are still dreaming of. Doesn't being forever young sound like a dream come true? Yet, this is not the case for Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively), who thinks her everlasting youth is more of a curse than a blessing.

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The Age of Adaline cover - Wikimedia Commons

Born on January 1st 1908, Adaline has had a normal life up to a moment, when a car accident made her plunge into a pond, where she almost froze to death. The series of misfortunes culminated with a lightning strike, but Adaline was miraculously brought back to life.

Since then, the years keep passing by, the world keeps changing, but Adaline remains the same: young and beautiful. People start asking questions. Even the FBI gets suspicious. Desperate to preserve her freedom and not to become the subject of studies and experiments, Adaline has to change her identity. Every once in a while, she leaves everything behind, including her daughter Flemming (Ellen Burstyn), and starts over.

Is being forever young and beautiful such a good idea? Not according to Adaline, who feels unable to get involved and have a normal relationship because such a story would have "no future". Growing old together is not something likely to happen to her.

Yet, one day she meets this handsome dotcom millionaire, who happens to be the son of her former lover, William Jones (Harrison Ford). Afraid of being exposed, but also tired of running away, Adaline decides Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) and their relationship deserve a chance.

While many of us frown when noticing a white hair, a happy smile seizes Adaline's face when realising she's human again!
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