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David Thomson on Patricia Clarkson

25 August 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The picture business regards Patricia Clarkson as not content to mouth the stupid lines beautiful women are expected to believe in

For more than 20 years, a piquant added pleasure in film-going has been waiting for Patricia Clarkson to turn up for a few scenes, or even more. It's a rare thing for her to coast or do anything other than suggest an untidy life in wild bloom behind her few lines. And not many actresses of any age can shift from amiable to crazed, or from kind to intimidating, so fast. So, in Lone Scherfig's One Day, we sigh with gratification when we realise that the hero's mother, dying of cancer and having to be carried to bed, is Clarkson. We are not let down; even in her crisis, this mother has the lemon gaze and the fond but astringent voice that can survey her son (Jim Sturgess) and »

- David Thomson

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