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Losing Chase (1996)

Chase (Mirren), a lifetime resident of Martha's Vineyard, married Richard (Bridges), and like the area, grew into the Upper-Middle-Class. Her distaste for artificiality leads her to a wild ... See full summary »

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Chase (Mirren), a lifetime resident of Martha's Vineyard, married Richard (Bridges), and like the area, grew into the Upper-Middle-Class. Her distaste for artificiality leads her to a wild breakdown, and Richard dutifully tries to restore their family unit as best he knows how by hiring a 'Mother's Helper', Elizabeth (Sedgwick). Chase is broken, and wickedly caustic towards Elizabeth, until they discover each other's similarities. A strong relationship develops, affecting their personal and familial salvation, and destruction. Written by Lew Jacobs <titus@idirect.com>

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A love they never dreamed of. A summer they would never forget.

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Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »
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18 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Abschied von Chase  »

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$31,176, 8 December 1996, Limited Release

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$31,176, 8 December 1996
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Producing debut of Kyra Sedgwick. See more »

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During the finale, when Richard is driving to the ferry, he is wearing a dark blue short sleeved shirt, yet is wearing a long sleeved bleached (white?) shirt after arriving. See more »

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Another Helen Mirren triumph

It's a shame the script and theme didn't quite do her justice. Kyra Sedgewick also gives her all and Kevin Bacon's directorial debut is great - he captures the atmosphere amazingly well and I was surprised to find on the credits that Lake Ontario and its shore stood in for Martha's Vineyard and the Atlantic.

I thought it a shame that a sexual component was introduced to the slow awakening of Chase (Helen) from her "nervous breakdown" - a condition brought on by her disillusion at living a life of pretense with her husband, a man who loves her and is ashamed and baffled by her slide into depression.

This awakening is brought on by Elizabeth (Kyra), the mother's helper employed for the summer. A deep friendship develops between Chase and Elizabeth. Some of the scenes are overblown - the sports car, the borrowed yacht, but some are also magical, the kites, the garden.

Very very slender movie and quite touching at the end.

6 out of 10.


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