Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
Frances, facing Paul, sits without speaking for a while. She breaks the silence asking the therapist how long was he going to wait before talking to her. He tells her he was waiting to do so, but it was a case of who would blink first. Frances wonders if the silence which she experienced happened to other patients, and how many minutes it took to begin a session. Paul confesses it happened to him where a patient sat for 20 or 25 solid minutes without talking and when he finally intervened, the person said she was waiting for him to begin.
Frances has not seen her sister Tricia. She is clearly afraid to witness her deterioration, something her daughter Izzy has no problems with. In fact, Izzy has cut all her hair to be like her aunt. The bad blood between Frances and her daughter continues. Frances decided to go to wait for Izzy at the end of her classes. Izzy, who appeared animated with her friends, suddenly freezes when her mother appeared.
Frances confesses about going out with the cast, after the show one night, something she was reluctant to do. She ended up going home with a young player, when her curiosity got her better judgment wanting to know where he lived, a mere excuse for going to bed with him. She was surprised by the intense sexual experience with the younger man. He was fascinated by her breasts, which he caressed for quite a long time. Frances felt extremely aroused, appreciating how tactile her breasts felt and being glad she still had them. She also reveals she saw an email from Izzy about her going to bed with Miller, telling him it was not as bad as she thought.
When asked by Paul about opening the letter with the result of the test she took to see if she was carrying the gene that produced cancer to her mother, and Tricia, she did not do it because she was afraid it would show positive. With that, she reaches for her purse and pulls the letter, handing it to Paul. Frances wants him to open it. When he reads it, he hands it back to her, ordering to read it. A happy Frances is happily surprised she is not carrying the gene, which also means Izzy is free of it, since it is passed from mother to daughter.
Today's chapter in the series was emotional charged. Jim McKay directed the screenplay written by Allison Tatlock. Debra Winger is convincing as Frances a woman that is carrying within her lots of conflicting emotions. Gabriel Byrne is always good as Paul.
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