An uplifting, joyous documentary featuring a female dance troupe with a difference: they’re 60+ and out to prove that age is just a number. Selected Sundance and CPH:DOX 2022.
Surely one of Florida’s hardest working dance teams, the Calendar Girls perform for fundraising events and regularly kick up their heels in parades. It all adds up to more than 100 performances a year. They also find the time to craft elaborate candy-coloured costumes, complete with personalised headgear. Against this busy backdrop, the like-minded women negotiate their sunset years while challenging society’s perceptions. Swedish directors Maria Loohufvud and Love Martinsen weave the dancers’ personal stories with their colourful routines, shot in the bright Florida sunshine. The enthusiasm of their performances underscores their pride and determination, as the troupers live their lives to the fullest.
‘A highly watchable, admiring snapshot of girls who just want to have fun.’ – Shayna Warner, The Film Stage
‘Embracing whimsy in unicorn-themed headbands one minute and then discussing heavy subjects like death and assisted suicide the next, the Calendar Girls offer their perspectives on what it means to grow older while exploring the power of friendships, leisure, work and learning new things even later in life.’ – Aviva Dove-Viebahn, Ms. Magazine
‘Calendar Girls offers an important message to all ages: reclaim your life before it’s too late-because you never know when too late will be.’ – Kent M. Wilhelm, Tilt