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Spring-winter / May-December Romance : o tropo (clichê)

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Keep in mind that for a true May-December romance, one of the partners must be in the "winter" of life, that is, in the "senior citizen" range, while the other is in "spring." You might find the idea of a 40 year old dating an 18 year old to be squicky, but it's not a true May-December romance because a 40 year old is not in the "winter" of life. Similarly, a 65 year old dating a 40 year old isn't a true May-December romance, because a 40 year old isn't in the "spring" of life, either. To clear up one last bit of confusion that's been cropping up, the fact that one of the participants may be underage (definitely the "spring" of life), doesn't automatically make the relationship a May-December romance. As a rule of thumb, look at the picture on this page. See how the man might be mistaken for the woman's grandfather? That's a May-December romance.


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* Harold and Maude - Ele, 20; ela, 79.
* Labyrinth has the goblin king, Jareth, fall in love with teenager Sarah Williams.
David Bowie (Jareth) quase 40; Jennifer Connelly, Sarah, 15

Les Dimanches de Ville-d'Avray (Sundays and Cybèle). Thirty-year-old Pierre has a chaste but definitely romantic relationship with eleven-year-old Cybèle, who says she'll marry him when she's eighteen. Pierre is amnesic and therefore quite childlike himself, and he's also got a profound unconscious trauma from maybe having killed a little girl as a fighter pilot. This doesn't stop the authorities from jumping to the wrong conclusion about the relationship, with deadly consequences.
In La Puce, a 14-year-old girl meets an older man at the beach. He's attracted to her; she's not in love with him, but she decides to lose her virginity to him, and goes through with it.
In Beau-père, a 29-year-old man lives with his girlfriend and with her 14-year-old daughter, whom he's been helping to raise for the past 8 years. The girlfriend and mother is killed in a car crash and the (ex officio) stepdaughter asks to stay with her stepdad instead of going to live with her biological dad. Soon she discovers that she is attracted to her stepdad, and she persistently makes advances to him; he's tempted, but refuses, then eventually gives in.
In Louis Malle's Pretty Baby, a 12-year-old girl, Violet, is growing up in a New Orleans brothel at the turn of the 20th century. She has her virginity auctioned off to a rich man. Then a young photographer comes to the brothel to photograph the women. Violet crushes on him, he falls in love with her, and they marry, though Violet's mother takes her away to school and a life of respectability at the end.
I Start Counting. A girl of 14, going on 15, has been raised by an adoptive family all her life. Recently she has fallen in love with her 32-year-old adopted brother. She dreams of marrying him when she is old enough, which in the UK means 16. Her best friend, a girl the same age, flirts with some older guys.
Broken Blossoms, in which a man falls in love with a 15-year-old girl in need of his protection, but refrains even from kissing her, since she doesn't seem keen on the idea.
L'Effrontée. A girl of 13, going on 14, meets a young man in the Merchant Marine. He initially thinks she is 14; she tells him she's 15. She's fine with a peck on the lips and a movie date, but things turn very nasty: he tries to rape her and she has to smash a glass globe over his head to escape.
In the short film À mains nues, a 12-year-old girl is growing breasts and feels envious of her best friend's new boyfriend. She meets a grown young man who knew her when she was younger and who comments on how 'grown-up' she's looking, and how she's too old for them to wrestle now. He ends up giving her her first kiss, about which she has confused feelings.
Verfolgt (Hounded / Punish Me). 16-year-old boy and 50-year-old woman. She is a probation officer. He's one of her cases. It's a BDSM relationship, she dominant and he submissive.
Two in the 1972 sexploitation flick Night Child / Night Hair Child / What the Peeper Saw. A rich 42-year-old man, his wife only two years dead, marries a 22-year-old woman. They have plenty of sex but don't seem to love each other. The man's 12-year-old son turns out to be a murderer. He also turns out to be a voyeur. And to top everything off there is a certain sexual charge between the son and the new wife. No sooner has he met her than he grabs her breasts. At one point he makes her strip for him in exchange for information she wants. While sedated in a mental hospital, she dreams that they are kissing naked in bed while the husband/father looks on smiling. At another, they actually do kiss and he suggests they kill off the husband/father and become lovers, but a plot twist nixes that suggestion.
In the first Legally Blonde movie, the first case Elle works on has a twenty-something fitness guru charged with the murder of her husband, who was in his sixties.
Lost in Translation. Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) is in her 20s. Bob (Bill Murray) is in his is mid-to-late 50s. Made even more crazy when you consider that Johansson was only 18 during filming. Completely justified in the story, as Bob is suffering a midlife crisis, and Charlotte is having trouble in her recent marriage. One of the more heartwarming examples out there.
Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler from Jurassic Park, although they're a bit wish-washy about their relationship.
All the "Poison Ivy" films are made of this.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Based on the book, based on the Real Life of the author. IRL, it didn't end happily.
The Graduate contains the trope-naming character Mrs. Robinson, who seduces the titular college graduate, Ben Braddock. She mentions being twice his age, and her daughter is only slightly younger than he is.
In Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure, Bill's stepmother Missy is only three years older than he is. In Bill and Teds Bogus Journey, she's now Ted's stepmother, having switched husbands between movies (and Ted's father appears to be even older than Bill's).
A large number of James Bond films; Goldfinger and On Her Majesty's Secret Service are the only films when the Bond Girl is older than 007 himself.

During the filming of A View to a Kill, Roger Moore discovered that he was older than Tanya Roberts' mother.

Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Bill with the Bride, Elle Driver, and most likely Sophie as well.

It's worth noting that when Bill shows up to the Bride's wedding, she tells the groom that he's her father.

Back to the Future III is a fine example, though it's never said exactly how old Doc and Clara really are. Even so, it's clear to the naked eye alone that Clara is somewhere between 30 and 40, while Doc is at least in his mid-60's or older. (The script for the original film sets his age at 65, which would make him 66 or 67 in Part III; The Telltale Games sequel puts his age at 71-72 during Part III.)
In Sin City, John Hartigan is nearly sixty while Nancy is only nineteen - which is part of what makes him uncomfortable about pursuing a relationship with her despite the mutual interest.
Trixie Lorraine (who's in her early 30s) and Faneul H. Peabody (who's in his 50s but looks a lot older) from Gold Diggers of 1933. These two lampshade the trope a bit in dialogue, and actually end up married after one date. (Although, given the film's title, this really isn't much of a surprise.)
Spirited Away has the schoolgirl Chihiro falling in love with a river spirit who appears a good bit older than her and is actually probably a lot older.
Happens in Eat Drink Man Woman between Supreme Chef Chu and his neighbor Jin-Rong. Considering he's known her since his daughters were kids, that's a pretty big gap.
In Memoirs of a Geisha, we have Sayuri and the Chairman, who is roughly twenty-eight years older than her. Then again, the Chairman is played by Ken Watanabe ...
Aragorn and Arwen, in The Lord of the Rings. By millenia. It causes some tension with her dad, Elrond. Also, Aragorn and Eowyn, but only by a few decades. Less tension, which is quickly defused when Eomer comes on the scene.

Although they all took to be near the same age as each other, Aragon is actually about twice as old as he looks, and Arwen is immortal and may be hundreds or thousands of years old.
They are also very distant cousins, due to Aragon being a direct descendant of Elendill, who was himself a descendant of Elros. Elros was the brother of Elrond and also halfelven. he was given the choice to live as an Elf or a Man and chose the latter,

In Leonard Part Six, Leonard's daughter dates her theater director. Leonard says he's old enough to be his father.
In Les Demoiselles de Rocherfort (Young Girls Of Rochefort), Solange falls in love with Andy. Just to underline the age gap, Andy's childhood friend Simon gets married with Delphine's mother. Then again Andy is played by Gene Kelly so it's understandable.
Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) and Maggie Greer (Rosamund Pike) in Surrogates.
The Rebound has divorcee Sandy and her nanny Aram falling for each other. He's 15 years younger than her. A rare gender-swapped version of this trope.
Bloomington has a lesbian version between a psychology professor and her student.
Fred Astaire, who didn't begin his film career until he was a well-established stage star in his thirties, was often paired with younger and much younger leading ladies. He was twelve years older than his most famous costar, Ginger Rogers; twenty-two years older than Judy Garland in Easter Parade; and a whopping thirty and thirty-two years older than Audrey Hepburn and Leslie Caron, respectively, in Funny Face and Daddy Long-Legs. But, after all, he was Fred Astaire.
In Wild Target, the 55-year-old Victor ends up with the 27ish-year-old Rose.
The Spanish movie La conjura de El Escorial (The El Escorial Conspiracy) has a very touching example with Espinosa (played by the 60+ year-old Jürgen Prochnow) and Damiana (played by Blanca Jara who was 23 at the time).
While this appears to be the case in Red, the actors playing them are much closer in age than their characters.
Perhaps not intentional on the director's part, but the actors playing Sang-hyun and Tae-ju in Thirst are twenty years apart.

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