Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.
A drama exploring the romantic past and emotional present of Ann Grant and her daughters, Constance and Nina. As Ann lays dying, she remembers, and is moved to convey to her daughters, the defining moments in her life 50 years prior, when she was a young woman. Harris is the man Ann loves in the 1950s and never forgets.
The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Connecticut.
First of all, I must defend the actors in this film. Truly, some of them did some wonderful stuff with a terrible script. I'll never forget viewing this at a film festival and wondering, how did this become a selection. Were they hurting for features? Let's take the techspecs. This was shot in BETA, in a world where DV is so inexpensive. It looked ridiculous. The film opened in a scene which took place at a hospital, and I remember the audience reacting audibly because the brightness of the screen made you feel like you were staring into the sun. After a few minutes the projectionist solved the problem. However, the film continued to get worse, only highlighted, again by some serious talent in the cast. One of my favorite moments in the film was the cinematographic mastery of an actor bumping the camera as they crossed through frame and the whole shot bouncing momentarily. For that reason alone, if this film is ever to make it to DVD I'll buy it! How something like this could make it into a film, or tape I should say, I'll never know. It was just one of those movies that you see, it feels 3 hours long when in reality it only plays 1 hr. 30 minutes, and then you struggle to look at your watch, hoping it's all been a dream, because regardless of the time elapsed, you'll never get it back. But, I
would have to say I recommend the film. Just to see the actor bump the camera and the decision to leave it in the final cut. Grande!
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