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Chantilly Lace (1993)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 18 July 1993
Emmy winner, Linda Yellen, brings together an all-star ensemble cast for Chantilly Lace which received worldwide acclaim for its intimate exploration of the secret lives of women. Seven ... See full summary »

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Linda Yellen

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Linda Yellen (story), Rosanne Ehrlich (story) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Martha Plimpton ... Ann
Ally Sheedy ... Elizabeth
Lindsay Crouse ... Rheza
Jill Eikenberry ... Val
Talia Shire ... Maggie
JoBeth Williams ... Natalie
Helen Slater ... Hannah
Matt Battaglia ... Chris the Pizza Boy
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Emmy winner, Linda Yellen, brings together an all-star ensemble cast for Chantilly Lace which received worldwide acclaim for its intimate exploration of the secret lives of women. Seven women friends - including a nun in crisis, an angry divorcee, and an unfiltered, sexually-charged artist - gather in the Colorado Rockies at the upscale vacation home of Val (Eikenberry), to celebrate the surprise 40th birthday of a popular film critic, Natalie (Williams). When Val's offbeat younger sister (Sheedy) arrives with a newcomer, a maverick photojournalist played by Emmy winner, Martha Plimpton, tensions rise as secrets of love, loss and betrayal are revealed. Years of friendship are tested in a pivotal year as the women assemble again for the engagement of another and once more to bereave the shocking death of a third. What began as an experiment at Sundance Film Institute, Chantilly Lace, explores the landscape of contemporary women's issues with humor and honesty 'unlike any American film.'

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R

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Most of the dialogue was improvised by the cast, who were given extraordinary creative control over their own characters, even drawing straws to determine which of their characters would die in the story. Director Linda Yellen said, "I never believed this would be accepted commercially." Co-star Jill Eikenberry said filming was like a "week-long therapy session." See more »

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Maggie: Seven women in this house, and we all have our period.
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The good, the bad, and the orgasms with god!
7 March 2005 | by TruPretenderSee all my reviews

Hard to believe that this film as based mostly on improv. Seeing as the story has good definition and dialogue that carries through-out. This touching story of seven women reaching together when life gets tough is an absolute joy for men and women alike. Especially for the women, a nice statement on women seen as strong as men. More films should be seen like this, with women portrayed by strong, powerful actresses. Eikenberry, Williams, and Slater are clearly the main women helming the story, with a terrific line of Sheedy, Krouse, Shire, and Plimpton supporting. Film begins out nice and fluffy with girl-to-girl moments in the first act, then turns quite intense in the middle, as certain terms are known to be serious. The tone is set early on as the women are listening to Talia Shire speak honestly about sex with god. How often do we hear former "Supergirl" Helen Slater speak out on orgasms with god? Next you've got Jobeth Williams fornicating with the pizza delivery boy, and a hot-tub as a confession booth! Classic! Should have been theatrical, these women need to be heard!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1993 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Sundance, Utah, USA

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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