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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Errol Podubney
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Rhondlyn Podubney
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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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The Harsh Relationship Between Mother and Daughter, in a Very Dramatic Movie
7 February 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Iris Bravard (Laura Linney) is an alcoholic mother and widow, living and working with her dominating mother Minnie Brinn (Gena Rowlands), due to the lack of professional and financial options. Iris has a sweet teenager son, Lonnie Bravard (Emilie Hirsch), who feels the absence of his father. Lonnie is divided by his feelings for his mother and for his grandmother. Minnie `builds' marriages through wedding dresses and parties, but ironically has destroyed her daughter's marriage. Iris` husband Ronnie Dale Bravard (Scott Gibson) had not supported the treatment spent by Minnie to him and committed suicide eight years ago. Iris dreams of finding a job and leaving her mother's home. Although having a very sad non-commercial story, this movie is excellent. First of all, due to the performance of Laura Linney and Gena Rowlands, which certainly are among the best actresses in the worldwide cinema industry. I believe that presently I am one of the greatest fan of Laura Linney's work, mainly since after watching `You Can Count on Me'. Gena Rowlands (from `Gloria') has always been a synonym of a good movie. Watching them working together, is a dream for a movie maniac like me. Then, because of the screenplay and director, who conducts the plot without being corny. Although having space for a melodramatic point of view, Daniel Petrie (from the marvelous "Rocket Gibraltar") conducts the dramatic story very honestly without any final redemption of the characters, except Iris. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `Marcas de um Suicídio' (`Marks of one Suicide')


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