Harold and Maude
American black comedy (1971)
Harold is young, wealthy and bored. He has an obsession with death as a result of feeling suffocated by his life. He spends his time staging faux suicides at the annoyance of his superficial mother, watching the demolition of buildings, visiting junkyards and talking to his psychiatrist. Another of his pastimes is attending the funerals of strangers where he meets the 79-year-old Maude, also a habitual funeral attender, who ends up teaching him to live life to its fullest. I don’t want to spoil it by saying too much about the story line but this truly is a gorgeous and quirky cult film. It’s clever, sarcastic and sentimental. And it has a lot to say about hardships, attitudes and life.