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The Good Woman of Manhattan (2011)

| Short, Drama
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Shelly is thrown into a panic when her ailing husband Richard disappears for three days during a blizzard. Convinced he must be dying in a snow bank, she and her best friend Dan take ... See full summary »


Wendy Lement


Wendy Lement





Cast overview:
Nicole Kilduff Abate Nicole Kilduff Abate ... Shelly
Shelley Bolman Shelley Bolman ... Dan
Derek Nelson Derek Nelson ... Richard
Bernice Liuson Sim Bernice Liuson Sim ... Kabuki Dancer
Anna Correa Anna Correa ... Chinese God #1
Erin Forgay Erin Forgay ... Chinese God #2
Danielle Sanford Danielle Sanford ... Chinese God #3


Shelly is thrown into a panic when her ailing husband Richard disappears for three days during a blizzard. Convinced he must be dying in a snow bank, she and her best friend Dan take extreme measures to locate him. In the midst of the crisis, Shelly learns that one of the leads in the play she's directing, Good Woman of Setzuan, has quit. She seizes the moment to convince Dan to play the role. As Shelly describes the play to Dan, her life and the fictional world onstage intertwine in ways she is unable to handle. Written by Anonymous

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


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$16,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shelly panics when her husband does not come home of three days in a NYC snow storm.
27 July 2011 | by tuborg555See all my reviews


I recently viewed the short, independent film The Good Woman of Manhattan. My eyes were transfixed to the screen from the beginning to the end. The movie takes place in a small apartment in Manhattan during a blizzard. There are three main characters and colorful kabuki dancers in the film.

Shelly is a theater professor currently directing her students in a production of Good Woman of Setzuan, in the style of traditional Japanese kabuki theater. Nicole Kildoff Abate's performance as a panic stricken young wife both worried about and angry with her missing alcoholic husband is thoroughly convincing. Writer/Director, Wendy Lement, successfully mirrors Shelly's situation with the play that her students are rehearsing.

Dan is an economics professor and Shelly's friend and colleague. He is desperately and occasionally comically trying to calm Shelly and help her to take control of her situation. Actor Shelley Bolman's portrayal of Dan evokes empathetic emotions from the audience. Through his facial expressions and body movements, he is able to communicate much more about his character than is in his dialogue.

Richard is Shelly's irresponsible, out of control husband. Derek Nelson strikingly plays the role of Richard summoning up a myriad of emotions including anger, frustration, and indignation. Richard's reluctant return home brings the film to a dramatic and tense climax.

The film's conclusion integrates the lives of both "good women" in a truly compassionate manner. The audience is left wanting more. This short film begs to become a full-length movie.

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