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 ...
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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
Director and screenwriter Todd Haynes decided that every scene should be from Mildred's perspective, and so required Kate Winslet to be in every single scene of the five hour miniseries. Winslet has publicly stated that this was her hardest shoot (around 18 weeks on set) since Titanic (1997). See more »
Well done emotional drama of family a mommy dearest struggle and discovery of success, yet a return to the start.
I for one never saw the 1945 classic original that won Joan Crawford an Oscar, but just recently viewed this remake in a long drawn out form on HBO and I must say brilliant work from Todd Haynes. One of the best ladies working in the business Kate Winslet is graceful and strong in her performance as Mildred. This is one emotional drama that has it's highs and lows it should be seen. It covers all the themes of pain, family struggle, and love, passion, heartbreak, success and most of all it's a classic mommy dearest struggle of power.
Done over five parts the great Kate Winslet stars as Mildred a woman who's married living with two daughters in sunny California in the depression era, and from the start it gets more complex for Mildred when she leaves her husband over his affair, and she's forced to wait tables for a living. Then the big blow is felt her youngest one tragically dies. Only left is the oldest the snappy and high strong Veda(played well by Evan Rachel Wood)who's so ungrateful of her mother's hard work. Still Mildred doesn't let that stop her from using her skills as a cook and baker as her talents help her open several diners and places to eat wonderful chicken and tasty pies! Along the way Mildred meets and has a passionate romance with a California playboy(Guy Pearce) only later this hot tidal wave of steamy passion crashes. And a treat was watching the supporting work from Mildred's best friends played to a tea from veterans Melissa Leo and Mare Winningham. Also along the way of Mildred's food success Veda transforms into a hellcat but her talent for singing Opera can't go unnoticed. Thru it all the ups and downs and the pain and success the mommy daughter struggle takes it's toll. As in the end it proves with Mildred one can start over and go back to their roots.
Overall well done in depth mini-series that's emotional, uplifting and a good drama of struggle and determination. The classic mommy dearest drama is one to look at, it proves family life is complex and one goes thru a lot and in the end one can return and start over even after success as one can go back. And the performance from Winslet was top notch.
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