City Paper is not for tourists
Do you wish The Commitments had been more like Away From Her? Then the Belgian director Geoffrey Enthoven’s Over The Hill Band, about an aging trio of ex-singers, is for you. When 70-year-old Claire loses her husband in a car accident, she copes with the prospect of her own mortality by reuniting her former partners-in-song, Lutgard and Magda, under the haphazard musical direction of her son, Sid—a sort of Eastern European, R&B remix of Jack Black—much to the chagrin of her other son, Michel, who worries that the lark is accelerating Claire’s dementia. The film leans heavily on the sort of generational-clash musical slapstick that has made the First Baptist Senior Adult Choir an Internet sensation. But it stalls in rewarding the audience for enduring the cringeworthy run-up to its climax. In the end, here is a film less about reclaiming one’s youth than fighting a futile battle against time.