Speed dating is a structured event that gathers singles in a central location – the Rochester event was held at a local restaurant – and pairs them with one another in quick, five minute mini-dates, until everyone has had a chance to chat.
The idea, the construct, that there’s something more intense….
We add a lot of things – status, money, family, love and romance; we lose track of the fact that at any age the essence of love is the defeat of isolation.” Except during the odd moments when the filmmaker momentarily becomes a character in the film – it’s easy to forget that the “Age of Love” speed daters have a camera trailing them. They chat about a range of topics during their first face-to-face exchanges with Loring – hobbies, interests, illnesses, families, traveling – but all of them are wondering how it will feel to meet someone new now, when their bodies aren’t what they used to be.
It tells a story of ageless yearnings amid oxygen tanks and creaky joints.
And, like any good reality show, it involves raw emotional drama and comedic touches – the stuff of speed dating. Try thinking back to high school dances – then add steroids.
I see women who’ve lost their husbands and they’re all looking around for some baggy-assed man to share their life with. So I travel, I dance, I flirt, and I’m out there in everybody’s face.” “My arms are wrinkled and flabby. I’m disappointed that I cant see the person that I feel inside.