Grace of My Heart - Collector's Edition
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And yet, it's so well-written and so beautifully acted that it taps in me some suppressed vein of shameless emotionalism. Ileanna Douglas is brilliant as the geeky songwriter who matures into a sadder and wiser Earth Mother, following various more or less catastrophic relationships with oppressive men. John Turturro is the producer with a very strange beard who keeps a sort-of-brotherly eye out for her. Bridget Fonda has a lovely cameo as the teen idol with the guilty secret. Even Patsy Kensit is good, for crying out loud.
There's a scene near the end where Turturro confronts Douglas that gets me as near to crying as I ever get about something fictional, and that's saying a lot. Douglas's singing voice is dubbed by Kristen Vigard, whoever she is, and full marks to her. It's not going to make me go out and buy a Carole King CD, but it's a gem of a movie.
Ms. Douglas is so excellent that it's tempting to overlook good work of other actors in the movie, but i won't. As the beautiful but snooty British songwriting colleague of Denise's, Patsy Kensit is just perfect, the eventual friendship of the two women unfolds believably and very enjoyably. Douglas and Kensit are terrific in their scenes together.
Matt Dillon gave one of his best film performances here, Eric Stoltz and John Turturro were spot-on in roles that seemed to be (loosely) based upon Gerry Goffin and Phil Spector. The Edna/Denise character clearly has shadings of Carole King, while Dillon's character seems to have more than a tad of Brian Wilson used as inspiration. Chris Isaak, in a miniscule role, unfortunately, is totally forgettable as Kensit's husband.
Recapturing what NYC's Brill Building may have been like circa 1963, progressing with a satisfying segue into early 70's Los Angeles, the movie hits all the right notes.
Members from the girl-group that Denise wrote early hits for nicely weave in and out of the movie, the Patty Duke-esque female teen-star who struggles with her 'Secret Love' provides another memorable segment amongst many.
The film may have undone itself by not admitting the not-so-subtle maskings of aspects of the lives of Carole King and Phil Spector.Read more ›
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Saw this years ago and loved it, and loved it again! The story seems to rif on aspects of Carole King's songwriting career, and seems to nail the undercurrents of the period. Read morePublished 11 days ago by lauramcp
To have your life written in song is very moving.
The time period of the 60's is fun with the fashion and the songs will stay with you after the credits roll!
Interesting ... I don't remember it being so SAD. It's still a good watch.Published 2 months ago by Michael Wantuck
I have always loved this movie! I was so glad to able to purchase it and keep In my video library . Excellent story line and songs. Also the actors are great!.Published 5 months ago by Octavia P Brown
this is one of my most favorite movies - the music is amazing, the story is so real - the acting is superb - it has a little something for everyone - a chick flick for sure, but... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ruthie Davison
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