A depressed woman battles with her mother and abuses alcohol following the suicide of her husband.

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Minnie Brinn
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Iris Bravard
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Lonnie Bravard
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Errol Podubney
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Lud van Eppy
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Ramando Galvez
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Ronnie Dale Bravard
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Rhondlyn Podubney
Michael McLachlan ...
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Philip Eddolls ...
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Nathan Hoppe ...
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A weary young woman, Iris Brevard, is forced to move in with her overbearing mother, Min, following her husband's suicide. She finds her only escape from her mother's badgering is to verbally fight back and to hide herself in an alcoholic haze. Unfortunately, her young teen son, Lonnie, observes all of this and finds himself torn between the two women. The older woman is multi-dimensional as she is clearly shown as manipulative and critical, but also as loving and charming. This is clearly shown in scenes with Fred Ward as the father of a bride-to-be who comes to the women's bridal gown shop to stop the purchase of his daughter's wedding dress. After facing Rowlands, he willingly writes the check for the next dress payment. The film also raises questions about whether Min was responsible for the suicide of Iris' husband. As Lonnie questions his father's death and is faced with similar pressures, he also clearly is considering his life options. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Secrets, lies, unspoken truths... there's no place like home.

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Rated R for language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »
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Wonderful Acting with a Good Plot
31 January 2003 | by (Olathe, KS, USA) – See all my reviews

This is not a Hollywood "feel good" movie. It centers around a daugher, played wonderfully by Laura Linney, who abuses alcohol while she bickers with her mother. Laura Linney is one of my favorite character actors and turns in yet another exceptional performance as a bitter and frustrated mother and daughter trying to cope with the aftermath of losing a husband and moving back in with her mother.

This is a "slice of life" movie where we get the opportunity to see characters evolve through their life experiences. We come to care about the people in this movie and see them make mistakes and sometimes learn from them.

If you these plot-centered movies such as "You Can Count on Me", you will enjoy this movie.


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