A thirty-something southern woman searches for love, despite the burdens she carries with her.A thirty-something southern woman searches for love, despite the burdens she carries with her.A thirty-something southern woman searches for love, despite the burdens she carries with her.
Christine Renee Ward
- (as Christy Ward)
- (as Nancy Ellen Mills)
"I'm just an ol' chunk of coal, baby/But I'm gonna be a diamond someday"
Talented Joey Lauren Adams wrote and directed this marvelous slice-of-life about a hard, stubborn, unapologetic young woman's journey to finding some self-worth in her quietly turbulent existence; she attempts to get her head in a good place and make peace with the past, but learns it doesn't all come into play overnight. Ashley Judd is just wonderful in the lead: gritty, tremulous, tough, never dumbed-down, she evokes just the right touch of devil-may-care recklessness with a kind of horse-sense which should resonate with a lot of viewers. If you ever come across this theatrical film playing on the Lifetime network, don't be fooled into thinking it's a cable-quickie. Adams puts a lot of thought into her prose (sometimes too much, as the conversations have a tendency to have an already worked-out give and take). The film is flawed, certainly, yet its scattershot hopefulness permeates through, and the performances are rich and memorable. A rewarding character-study, and a small triumph for both creator Adams and star Judd, marking a welcome return to serious acting. *** from ****
- Jun 10, 2008
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