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Susan Saint James,
Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it in Hollywood as a singer/actress, has had a wild life filled with many men. Their reunion causes much joy, but also many tensions. Written by
Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>
This motion picture was nominated for three Academy Awards but failed to take home a statuette in any of its trio of categories. See more »
The damage to the spinal column's not yet been determined. But his breathing's stabilized and his liver's been saved.
Lennora Josephine 'Lenny' Magrath:
Oh, well, that's good news.
None of this is good news Lennie Magrath! It's all a grueling nightmare and you mark my word those resposible will pay dearly!
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Crimes of the Heart had an interesting, though not overly original, start. Three sisters are reunited in their home town due to one of them being accused of shooting her husband. A fairly conventional plot device - an event brings an estranged family together, skeletons are revealed, wounds reopened, yadda yadda yadda, they reconcile.
However, here there is nothing intriguing at all about their relationship. There's no axes to grind, no skeletons in the closet, nothing to reconcile.
So instead of human drama, we just have a rambling, pointless story. Lack of a intriguing plot needn't be the end of it, the movie could be character-driven. Sadly, Crimes of the Heart fails in that regard too. One of the sisters (played by Jessica Lange) is selfish and unthinking, one (Sissy Spacek) is, well, nuts, and the other (Diane Keaton) is plain dull (and her saying "babe" all the time starts to grind very quickly).
So there is very little engagement with the characters.
Director Bruce Beresford tries to replace plot and character depth with quirkiness, but this just makes the movie irritating.
A decent cast undermined by a dull plot and listless direction.
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