Wrinkles Is a Truly Gorgeous and Heartbreaking Story of Getting Old

<i>Wrinkles</i> Is a Truly Gorgeous and Heartbreaking Story of Getting Old

Ignacio Ferreras's traditionally animated Wrinkles is a beautiful, subtle horror movie about the rigors of old age, made all the more horrifying because it will happen to all of us fortunate enough to live a long life.

It's been tastefully dubbed from Spanish into English, with all the original signage and typography remaining in Spanish, appropriate enough for such a universal story.

Retired bank manager Emilio (Martin Sheen), in denial about the onset of Alzheimer's, is reluctantly placed into an assisted living facility by his exasperated son, Juan (Matthew Modine).

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IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave.
New York, NY 10014

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Greenwich Village

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Directed by Ignacio Ferreras
G Kids
Opens July 4
IFC Center (323 Sixth Ave.)

In classic prison-movie style, Emilio's roommate, Miguel (George Coe, getting all the dignity and agency denied his character on Archer), shows Emilio the ropes of this particular cuckoo's nest; Miguel also takes great pleasure in swindling the other, less cognizant residents, much to Emilio's disapproval.

The animation is very simple, but this tale wouldn't be well-served by flashiness, and the same material rendered in CGI likely couldn't have the same emotional impact. We see the story mostly from Emilio's point of view, though Ferreras's hand-drawn animation frequently takes us into the memories and hallucinations of Emilio and other patients.

It's in those moments that Wrinkles becomes truly gorgeous and heartbreaking, and a reminder that getting old will probably happen to you, too.

 
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