Although this is written as a standard TV movie about the complications of divorce, Margot Kidder pushes the material to a higher level with her terrific performance. She outshines everyone else in the cast - they all seem like high school drama students compared to her. It is tragic that she didn't get more recognition for it. She does an amazing job - she's in practically every shot. That's a big responsibility for any actor, and she handles it like a pro and seems ready to give even more. She gives a dimension to this character that is seldom seen in TV movies. It's unfortunate that she has been treated by the industry as just another 'working actress', always struggling for her next gig, when she obviously has so much more to offer. And while she was always terrific in big-budget films like the "Superman" movies, she was made for the idiosyncratic characters she played in lesser-known projects such as this film, another called "Never Met Picasso", Brian DePalma's twisted "Sisters", and particularly a little-seen gem called "Heartaches". She deserved an Emmy here. I do hope this little treasure becomes available on DVD. Does anyone know whatever became of her memoir, "Calamities"? I'd love to read it.
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