Vancity Theatre Partnered Event: Advanced Style

DIRECTOR: Lina Plioplyte
CAST: Joyce Carpati, Lynn Dell, Zelda Kaplan, Ari Cohen
(USA, 2014, 72 min.)

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(Please note: This is a partnered film with VIFF Vancity Theatre. Tickets must be purchased through VIFF Vancity Theatre’s outlet and a valid VIFF membership is required.)

Prompted by Ari Seth Cohen’s wildly popular blog (itself indebted to Bill Cunningham’s guerrilla fashion photography), Lina Plioplyte’s rousing documentary profiles a handful of New York women—aged “between 50 and death”—whose flamboyant approaches to style and glamour reflect their inextinguishable vitality. These women—who include a portraitist who once painted Ayn Rand and one of the Apollo Theatre’s original dancers—all possess screen presence to spare, as well as carefully curated wardrobes that will leave fashionistas both envious and inspired to bring a little more creativity and personality to their own ensembles. New Yorkers through and through, Plioplyte’s subjects don’t plan on going out without a well-accessorized fight.

“The way the women occupy Cohen and Plioplyte’s spotlight is a lesson in aging well, a lesson that begins with the refusal to play by the rule that says to grow older, especially for women, is to fade into the shadows.” —Sherri Linden, LA Times
Advanced Style is a love letter to older women who’ve elevated dressing to an art form.” —Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
Acting one’s age has never been an issue for the seven stylish women featured in this delightful film … All go for bold and original contrasts in colour, texture and form. A few speak about dressing as an art, with the body as an ‘armature’ for a composition whose inherent logic may lead to eccentric results … These confident women care less about what comes off the runways—’money has nothing to do with style,’ says one—than with what can be assembled from thrift-shop finds, home-made items and imagination. They reject the youth-culture diktat that age makes you invisible, and offer us all an example of self-acceptance.” — Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail