Maryse Holden, a professor, feminist activist spent the last months before her murder in Mexico on "a break from feminism" that became a sexually iconic story reflect in her posthumous book...
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Maryse Holden, a professor, feminist activist spent the last months before her murder in Mexico on "a break from feminism" that became a sexually iconic story reflect in her posthumous book "Give Sorrow Words". The film portrays this period of her life bluntly and brilliantly by Jackie Burroughs.
Good direction, acting, casting, photography and story line.
Pluses: Deals well with midlife crisis of a Canadian feminist. Honest. The insecurity and despair of this woman is brought home to the viewer in a very realistic manner. Her alcoholism issue is dealt with sensitively. This is a woman who is well past her prime with regard to looks as perceived by the average young male, but still needs to satisfy her needs given the opportunity.
Minuses: Maryse Holder's birth/death dates were 1940 and 1977, making her about 37 at time of death. Jackie Burroughs was born in 1938 and shot the film in 1987, making her about 49 at time of filming. So there is a 12 year age discrepancy between real-life subject and actress. The fact of Holder's murder is mentioned very quickly as her Canadian friend reads a letter. The details of the murder are withheld from the audience entirely, leaving the viewer guessing. In a brief search of material available via the internet, I found that Holder had been murdered by one of her Mexican dates, but no details were available.
Overall: If you want a film depicting hot romance or sex with beautiful people, you'll have to go somewhere else. Maybe that was reviewer 'storytym's problem. This is a film about real life, a real person. It is believable and very well done.
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