PARIS  - Veteran Hollywood actress Jane Fonda, returning to the screen in a French film about a band of friends in their 70s, said Friday making the movie was on her “bucket list” of things to do before she dies.

Set for release next Wednesday, “Et si on Vivait Tous Ensemble” (Why Don’t we all Live Together?) tells of a group of friends who decide to move in together, to share the joys and challenges of old age. It is Fonda’s first French film since the 1972 release, “Tout Va Bien”, by the New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard. “You know the expression ‘bucket list’,” she told RTL radio in an interview, conducted in fluent French. “When you are old, you draw up a list of all the things you want to do before you die.”

“I wanted to shoot another film in French — I couldn’t die before making at least one film in French.” The actress and one-time fitness guru, who turns 74 next month, said the movie by Stephane Robelin touched on many of the issues she tackles in a new book: how it feels to grow older, and sex among people in their sunset years.