The acerbic, hilarious Claire Bennett becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina's suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina's husband, she also grapples with her own, very raw personal tragedy.Written by
Jennifer Aniston received her first ever Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for a feature film for her performance as Claire Bennett. She was nominated in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, having previously won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work as part of the Friends (1994) ensemble cast. See more »
Although there is a working Drive-In Theater in Riverside (California), the closest train tracks are about a mile away; making the scene showing a train passing near the screen impossible. See more »
So... a pretty, funny, former sitcom actress... gives us a few signs that she might be capable of playing roles outside of the 'amusing chick' rom-com regular.
She does parts that secure her reputation of being a talented American 'cutie', she plays 'off-beat' characters with ease... and only occasionally lets the 'pay-day' Hollywood 'starlet' see the light of day.
Then she does this. A film that explores suicide, mental illness, self-loathing and the morality of friendship.
At the age of 60, I have gotten used to the annual round of 'Oscar Worthy' films being shoved down our throats... but this is different. Fine writing, authentic story telling... and unnecessarily great acting.
Any 'Oscar' hungry actor could have made a decent job of this... but Ms Aniston makes a brilliant job of it. She is no 'pretty-girl' actor here... she displays vulnerability, courageous wit... and does it all with aplomb.
If she doesn't get 'Best Actress'... the 'Oscars' are irrelevant.
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