Mildred brings a sample of her pies into the diner and they're a big hit with the customers. Soon she gets an order for 35 pies a week and the orders start to pile up from other restaurants as well. ...
After her youngest daughter's funeral, Mildred concentrates on opening her new restaurant. Opening night is a smashing success and even Veda seems to approve. It's all a little too busy for a first ...
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 tried, I really tried to hang in there and watch all the way. Being a big fan of the original Mildred Pierce, and excited to watch the way southern California of the 30's would be depicted, I was excited to see how the re-make would be turned into a series.
From the very beginning, it fell flat. Kate Winslett is a big star and a great actress, but she doesn't carry this role. Her co-stars fare no better.
The pacing of the movie was painfully slow and drawn out. I felt like I was watching a soap opera from the 1950's.
About the only thing redeeming is the depiction of Glendale and the southern California coastline in the "old days". Other than that, this is a series that should have never lasted more than two hours total. Not recommended.
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