Sunday, January 13, 2008

A Couple of Talky Movies about Sad Women

Sound fun? Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont starring Joan Plowright is a sentimental British slice of life movie where a cute young fellow poses as her grandchild after a series of misunderstandings and temporarily helps her escape her lonely life at this bizarre British hotel for the elderly, The Claremont. One disturbing outcome of watching this movie is that I found myself identifying with the elderly Mrs. Palfrey rather than the young feller hoping to be a writer.

The Secret Life of Words stars the wonderful Sarah Polley as a damaged girl who finds herself acting as a nurse on an oil rig. She tends to a burned and blind worker who happens to be played by Tim Robbins. It starts menacingly slow but grows on you sort of -- it may be worth it to see Sarah Polley's great portrayal of a girl coming out of her shell.

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