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Val Petherton
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Harry Petherton
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This story focuses on the changing relationship between two women, a mother and her daughter-in-law, over a 14 year span. The first is a domineering, self righteous and flamboyant former opera star who has alienated her son, a self-centered artist. His wife is a bright school teacher, who has trouble dealing with either of the two. The film looks at the first meeting of the two women before the marriage and moves forward in time with the mother-in-law interfering in the couple's marriage to the point of causing a separation. However, 14 years after the initial meeting, the mother has a devastating stroke and it is the daughter-in-law who steps in to help her and strives to give her the courage to survive. The film is about the wasted time that exists with many human relationships. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Extremely well-acted, but TV film is all on one-note...
28 August 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

The lovers at the center of this story (Michael Nouri and an especially attractive Farrah Fawcett) are not the center of attention here. It's another woman: his over-bearing, perfectionist mother. Emmy-winner Colleen Dewhurst plays the monstrous mama who comes between her son and his wife on more than occasion--indeed, on every occasion. It's a fascinating premise for a TV-movie, but there's no let-up from it. We get some romantic affections between the couple, but Dewhurst's presence is always nearby, knocking on the door of their love shack. It's compelling, but it's also grating and disturbing and it had my stomach in knots. Fawcett gets to blow off some steam for all of us (and when she takes Dewhurst on, it is a genuine relief). But weren't there any other sides to this woman? What precipitated her hang-ups? What does she really feel for her son's wife, does she admire her spunk in the end? There's a great deal of reality in the arguments and personality clashes, and the acting is terrific, but the movie falls into a standard-issue pattern that is unworthy of the excitement generated by the performers.


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