Autumn in New York
A middle-aged uptown restauranteur meets a lovely 22-year-old at his busy eatery. Unable to get her off his mind, he schemes to take her out on a date. Although there is an age difference, there is also an immediate chemistry between them. Embarrassed by the age thing, he wonders if the whole thing should be called off. But when she informs him that she is dying, both decide to go for this relationship. During their time together, he learns about commitment and both find true love.
There are many rules in our society about whom one should date. Some people are disgusted by May/December romances; others think different races shouldn’t mate. This film says what’s important is finding a soul mate, despite the differences. Romantically photographed, with a beautiful soulful look, the film engages with its textured performances by the leads and by supporting actress Elaine Stritch. A tearjerker of the first order, I haven’t heard so many sniffles in a theater since “Love Story.” Unfortunately, despite its gentleness and insight into the importance of family relationships, I am unable to recommend it for family viewing due to the two sexual situations outside marriage and a couple of offensive words, including one profanity.