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Despite the differences, the Film captures the Book's Quirky and Quiet Essence
"A Slipping Down Life" was originally released at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999, but because of "creative differences" between the producers and the director/actors, it never was released...until now.
Lion's Gate Films now owns the distribution rights. The film premieres in NY and LA on May 14th (elsewhere across the United States in late May/early June).
I saw the movie last month at the Phoenix Film Festival. Toni Kalem, the director, was present, and she conducted a Q&A session with the audience after the showing. One of the common topics during this discussion was related to the differences between the book and the movie.
While I haven't read it, it appeared that the die-hard fans of the book were totally drawn in and satisfied with the movie (and Anne Tyler, herself, gave her "official approval" to Toni Kalem's screen play adaption).
Lili Taylor is absolutely brilliant in this movie, and Guy Pearce offers a performance you might not expect.
Finally, before heading out to see this, make a point to grab a box of Kleenex - I found myself in tears more than a few times.
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