When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.
Thomas M. Wright,
Glendale, California, 1931: Mildred Pierce, a young mother with a talent for baking, is left a "grass widow" after throwing her husband, Bert, out of the house. Forced to hunt for work to support herself and her two young daughters, 11-year-old Veda and seven-year-old Ray, Mildred visits an employment agency, only to encounter job opportunities she feels are beneath her. Amidst her job search, she receives dating advice from her friend and neighbor, Lucy Gessler, and begins an unexpected affair with an ex-business partner of her husband's, Wally Burgan. When Mildred receives a call from the agency regarding an opening as a housekeeper to a wealthy socialite, she reluctantly agrees to meet with her. After cutting the acerbic interview short, Mildred seeks refuge at a local diner, Cristofor's Café, where fate, and a waitress named Ida, will play a role in shaping her future. Written by
I found the remake to be quite excellent. The acting was awesome! The stars were definitely (and rightly) Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood as well as the young actress who played Veda Pierce as an 11-13 year old. I could literally feel what Kate Winslet was emoting on screen. Without giving anything away (or at least too much), both actresses who played Veda brought out such strong reaction in me! Excellent job!
I had seen the original version with Joan Crawford and thought it excellent, however I think I prefer this remake now that I've seen all as it's less soapy dramatics and truer to the book. I'm probably going to watch it again!
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