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Collected Stories (2002)

TV Movie  |  Drama  |  16 January 2002 (USA)
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Ruth Steiner: You crossed the line, sweetie. You crossed the line.
Lisa Morrison: Why, because it involves you?
Ruth Steiner: Yeah! I would think that would have something to do with it, yes. I was a fellow writer telling you these stories, not a longshoreman or a waitress. For God's sake, a fellow writer. It was a matter of professional courtesy, I would think. What was I supposed to do, uh, proclaim them off limits, plant a flag, get you to SIGN SOMETHING? You were my friend, god damn it!
Lisa Morrison: I wish you wouldn't use the past tense!
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Two great actresses square off in a debate about family, fairness and choices
4 May 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Linda Lavin is the mentor and Samantha Mathis is the student in this two person stage play adapted for the small screen. Mathis is nervously in awe of Lavin's author at the start, but as the piece moves on, we see both writers growing to care about each other over the years, Lavin seeing her pupil as the daughter she never had, and Mathis growing as a writer, soon to overshadow her teacher.

The crux of the plot happens when Lavin confides in Mathis a story about a previous lover, a mentor she had, and the affair that they began in the 1950s. Mathis takes the tale and makes it her own, writing her first novel based on it. The questions of trusting someone as a family member and what is fair game to tell as "your story" serves as the heart of the film.

Two brilliant and convincing performances are turned in by the two actors, and there are both some riveting and humorous moments between them.


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