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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
Ended up wondering what was the point. I did watch the whole season though so guess I was entertained.Published 3 days ago by Ranger
I'm very conflicted by my waste of time on this - on the one hand, I feel like I need to justify why I spent the past few hours watching this piece of crap, on the other hand, try... Read morePublished 6 days ago by A. Iyer
A friend had read the book, so I order the DVD, excellent watched the whole DVD over in two nights.Published 6 days ago by Karen Hardcastle
Kate Winslet is about the only bright spot in this melodrama about a woman who sets herself up for emotional disaster.Published 6 days ago by Janna
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has subtitles in Portuguese BR?
May 24, 2012 by Kinha | See all 2 posts