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By protecting 11-year-old Veda (Morgan Turner) from the truth, however, Mildred encourages her snobbish tendencies, but then her pastry-making skills allow her to open a chain of restaurants with help from Lucy, feisty colleague Ida (Mare Winningham), and opportunistic realtor Wally (James LeGros, Safe), with whom she has a fling. That ends when she falls for playboy Monty (a dashing Guy Pearce), who takes a shine to Veda, at which point the girl becomes truly insufferable. The first time Mildred slaps her, it's hard not to suppress a cheer. The second time: Veda slaps her mother back. In 1937, when Mildred finally kicks her out (Evan Rachel Wood plays the teenaged Veda), you'll wonder why she didn't do it sooner.
Since 1941, audiences have debated Mildred's attempts to buy her daughter's love. Was Veda a bad seed or did slack parenting make her that way? In ditching the murder of the Curtiz film, Haynes and cowriter Jon Raymond (Meek's Cutoff) lend clarity to her motivations. Despite some awkward staging towards the end, Haynes directs with grace, and his cast rises to the occasion, particularly Winslet and O'Byrne. "Sometimes," Mildred tells Veda, "I wonder if you have good sense." The phrase applies equally well to her mother. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Loved it so much. Love the music, the costuming, and the attention to detail of the period. Highly recommend.Published 1 day ago by Celeste O.
Excellent, they are telling the real story of James Cain's novel! The movie version was a star vehicle tailored for Joan Crawford! Read morePublished 1 day ago by jo jo from baltimore
You have to try to understand, most people in today's society are groomed to become sqmish at the sight of blood less and less. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Juan Delgado
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has subtitles in Portuguese BR?
May 24, 2012 by Kinha | See all 2 posts