Mildred Pierce (2011)

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Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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 Mildred Pierce (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Bert Pierce (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Lucy Gessler (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Wally Burgan (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Mr. Pierce (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Ida Corwin (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Letty (5 episodes, 2011)
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 Monty Beragon (5 episodes, 2011)
Diane Kagan ...
 Mrs. Pierce (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Anna (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Arline (3 episodes, 2011)
Hope Davis ...
 Mrs. Forrester (3 episodes, 2011)
Robb Webb ...
 Radio Announcer (3 episodes, 2011)
Christopher Koron ...
 Archie (3 episodes, 2011)
Margaret Hall ...
 Mrs. Floyd (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Veda Pierce (3 episodes, 2011)
Erwin Falcon ...
 Pancho (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Sigrid (3 episodes, 2011)
Laura Esterman ...
 Mrs. Kramer (3 episodes, 2011)
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 Veda Pierce (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Ray Pierce (2 episodes, 2011)
Evan Thompson ...
 Man with a Cap (2 episodes, 2011)
Brenda Wehle ...
 Mrs. Turner (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Carlo Treviso (2 episodes, 2011)
Kenneth Jennings ...
 Small Man (2 episodes, 2011)
Todd Aubrey Davis ...
 Houseman (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Newsboy (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Cashier (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Starched Collar Man (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mo Levinson / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Starched Collar Man (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Table Two Woman (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mr. Rossi (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Table Two Woman (2 episodes, 2011)
Annette Arnold ...
 Waitress Annette (2 episodes, 2011)
Laura Rosenthal ...
 Waitress Doris (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mr. Chris (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Waitress Darlene (2 episodes, 2011)
Orlagh Cassidy ...
 Woman 1 (2 episodes, 2011)
Till Schauder ...
 Hans (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Woman 2 (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mr. Rand (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mr. Rice (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Young Mother (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Businessman (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Customer (2 episodes, 2011)
Rachel Darden Bennett ...
 Shirley (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Nurse 1 (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Dr. Gale (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Nurse 2 (2 episodes, 2011)
Max Brand ...
 Orderly (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Dr. Collins (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Maggie Biederhof (2 episodes, 2011)
Paul Pilcz ...
 Tommy (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Mrs. Levinson (2 episodes, 2011)
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Storyline

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 HBO Publicity

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Having It All Would Cost Her Everything.

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During the DVD commentary, director Todd Haynes mentions that while on the set of this movie, Kate Winslet told Guy Pearce that he had been one of her biggest crushes when she was a teenager in the UK and he had a role on the long-running Australian soap opera Neighbours (1985). See more »

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"Intriguing character piece..."
30 December 2011 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

American screenwriter and director Todd Haynes' first mini-series made for television which he co-wrote with American writer Jonathan Raymond, is an adaptation of a novel by American writer and journalist James M. Cain (1892-1977) from 1941. It was screened Out of competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in 2011, was shot on locations in New York, USA and is an American production which was produced by Todd Haynes, American film producers Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler and American producer, screenwriter and director John Wells. It tells the story about middle-class housewife Mildred Pierce who lives with her husband Bert and two adolescent daughters in Glendale, California during the Great depression, and who's life changes immensely when she and Bert breaks up and she is left on her own to raise and be the sole provider of her daughters Ray and Veda.

Distinctly and engagingly directed by American filmmaker Todd Haynes, this nuanced period piece, a character-driven and dialog-driven psychological drama which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a pervasive portrayal that spans over nine years of an independent and courageous woman's rise from struggling housewife to influential business woman in the early 1930s. While notable for it's colorful, naturalistic and mostly interior milieu depictions, production design by production designer Mark Friedberg, cinematography by American cinematographer Edward Lachman, costume design by Ann Roth, fine editing by Affonso Concalves and Camilla Toniolo and use of colors, this character-driven, dialog-driven and narrative-driven fictional tale depicts a stately study of character and contains a prominent and jazzy score by American composer Carter Burwell.

This rhythmic, atmospheric and melodramatic coming-of-age story about a competitive, and obsessive relationship between a loving mother and her eldest daughter which examines themes like class distinctions, family relations and love, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, colorful characters, the memorable acting performance by English actress Kate Winslet, the fierce acting performance by American actress Evan Rachel Wood as the protagonist's ambitious daughter Veda and the notable acting performance by Australian actor Guy Pearce as the wealthy playboy Monty Beragon. An intriguing character piece which gained, among other awards, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in 2011.


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