When Joan Weldon discovers she is dying of lung cancer, she sets out to reconcile her dysfunctional relationships with her three children, her husband, and along the way, her former best ... See full summary »
When Joan Weldon discovers she is dying of lung cancer, she sets out to reconcile her dysfunctional relationships with her three children, her husband, and along the way, her former best friend. The family's destructive ways are offset by messy and somewhat humorous attempts by Joan to set her children on the right course before she dies. In this big dysfunctional mix, they will all learn to connect in their own ways, and realize on their own terms what life is about. Written by
Caught this film at the Big Apple Film Festival, and what a wonderful surprise! Very expertly made with an absorbing script, and absolutely terrific performances from the entire cast. It should get wider distribution if for no other reason than Kathleen Chalfant's brilliant work, which is Oscar-worthy in my opinion. This is one of the best performances I've seen on film in years. She grabs this complicated, difficult character and imbues her with humor, humanity, and compassion... a real tour-de-force. This film has the feel of real life, with all the good and bad that implies. Rare to see family dynamics so honestly and believably drawn... it gives the entire ensemble a lot to work with. The direction is spot on, with some gorgeous cinematography and terrific pacing. Michael Kelly work miracles with his limited budget, and gets great performances from everyone, most notably Alice Ripley, Keir Dullea (how great to see him on film again!), Mia Dillon, Nick Stevenson, Suzanne Hayes, Alexandra Mingione, and Ger Duany. Funny and moving right to the final moment... don't miss it!
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