|Photo by Kevin Dooley.|
Often the tension and opportunity for growth comes between older adults and their grown children.
However, a few films focus on the possibility that older adults have something to offer children two generations removed from them--either their grandchildren, a neighbor or a complete stranger.
The older adult sometimes offers nurturing, acceptance, and guidance that the parent is not providing.
Sometimes they offer a window into a world the child has never seen--the beauty of nature, a new culture, a vocation, a hobby.
And the children have something to offer the older adult.
Frequently, the older adult finds a sense of wonder, new-found energy, and playfulness through his or her relationship with a child.
Here are a handful of films that depict older adults and young children forging a mutually benefiting connection: