Wrinkles is a poignant and thoughtful animated tale that shows an honest look at old age.

Former bank manager Emilio is dispatched to a retirement home by his family. Soon enough he comes face to face with the harsh yet inevitable realities of old age as he adapts to institutional living.

In the aptly titled movie Wrinkles, we get to see that stage in life that many choose not to see. The movie gives us an emphatic and nuanced look at old age.

Wrinkles introduces different characters who are living the last stage of their lives with their own quirks brought by senility. The movie doesn’t wallow in grief or resort to melodrama. The subtly horrifying moments are balanced with humor.

This makes for a touching film that shows the beauty and frailty of life. Old people have lived long enough, but that is also when the reality of being old sets in.

The elderly are left in an old folks home built to lure in unsuspecting relatives. They’re taken care of, but left to be forgotten. As senility sets in, hope becomes interchangeable with delusion.

While the story is poignant, the animation is too simple. It looks like a well produced online film or adult cartoon on TV rather than an animated feature. Wrinkles would have benefited from a more detailed animation. In the hands of Hayao Miyazaki, this would have been a more vibrant film that mixes dementia-induced fantasies and reality.

It can be hard to watch because not only are the characters relatable, but their lives are a realistic reflection of what yours will be at some point.

Still, Wrinkles provides us a rarely tackled subject rendered in a medium that usually for kids. It’s reminiscent of Amour mixed in with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

In the end the movie tells us that all of this is inevitable. Old people may have more than a few screws loose, but that doesn’t mean they should be discarded. If they’re lost in their own world that looks far better than they’re reality, then we might as well let them. After all, it could happen to you too.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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