And what was the deal with that hideous growth on that poor waitress' chin? As Natalie investigates, the more truths she finds out about herself and her real relationship with her daughter. Slowly but surely Natalie uncovers secrets about each of them, thriving on talking about Sara as though doing so would bring her to life. None of this was without limits, of course. We saw no such interaction in the homosexual couple. Naturally, everything seems to tie up nicely in the end. She cleans the house, sleeps for two days and then begins to reveal things which were better not to be revealed. He's a cutie, a sweetie, and he shines.
Sara was spending the Summer with old friends of hers at a New England beach house. And even before that we have the rather strange bearded woman at the ice-cream parlour, why a bearded woman as I have no flipping idea. Oh, well, there goes that theory. I thought the way this story evolved was very thought provoking. How one person can be seen as the link to so many people, but sometimes you can be blinded so many things. We saw a woman in her late 50's in a lead role! Great film to view and enjoy, especially all the good acting from all the supporting actors.
The camera kept going around in circles. It's a hard lesson but well worth contemplating now and then. As I sat subjected to this televised mediocrity, I wondered why? I rolled my eyes thinking it was pretentious and then I even started feeling a little nauseous. The movie was very sad and touching as well. For a while, I was hoping the writers were shrewdly implying Natalie was this close-minded Republican, who was, ultimately, teachable. Would it be possible that no more characters hear something scandalous over a baby monitor? And for the most part he manages to keep this potentially sappy story about sudden death of a loved one and than manner in which the people in her life react afloat.
But, this is a major network. It also doesn't help that a moment of humour she has to deliver about Woody Allen falls painfully flat. On top of dealing with Sara's death, Natalie never really cared for Sara's friends. Every time mom and Sara would speak, they would both utter Surrender Dorothy. Dealing with their own grief, the friends still recognize the delicate nature of the situation, knowing Sara was all she had, and humor her desire to be in the environment where her daughter spent the remaining days of her life. Who is the best friend that tells you she's sleeping with your husband? It simply feels forced as is the way Natalie gets close to each of Sara's friends often making fun of them at the same time.
It's not that great news for mom when an excerpt of the diary is translated by a Japanese cook in a Japanese restaurant. Of course, in the beginning, it is a very sad movie and it was New Years Day - making it even sadder - however, it sticks with you. I saw the grief her Mother went through. That is a baffling thing to say. The insane dialogue turns the story of a grieving mother into a good comedy. I rolled my eyes thinking it was pretentious and then I even started feeling a little nauseous. None of the characters ever acknowledged that the dead daughter wasn't always a good person.
I don't have the patience for them or even most cinematic movies these days, but every now and again, I'll be surprised by what the networks come up with. Maybe the intention was to be quirky but it goes beyond quirky and is plainly odd. But that doesn't save this wounded animal. I might even watch it again sometime. At first, I wished that we had gotten to know Sara just a bit more than we did. In flashbacks we see just how controlling and difficult Natalie was as a mother, and once Natalie gets her hands on Sara's journal, which is written in Japanese, and asks a sushi chef to translate some of it, she begins to realize that the best-friend relationship she thought she had with Sara was nothing more than her own fantasy.
I now know why the networks started airing series on Sunday night, to rid us of trash! The relationship of the mother and daughter may have been a bit unrealistic, but the behavior of the young people in the movie was not. Also in the group: Sara's school chums, Maddy and her husband Peter , along with their new baby. Gay playwright Adam fails to evict her because of happily married Peter's cavalier hospitality. Her only hope is to find the elusive diary that Sara kept. Or, in this case, only shortly after it even began.
Gay playwright Adam fails to evict her because of happily married Peter's cavalier hospitality. Chris Pine is also amazing in this movie, he to be seen in the new Star Trek movie. The rest of the talented cast has little choice but to ride her wake. I lost the will to live shortly after the mother crashed her car. My only complaint is with one aspect of the screenplay. But, notably, not many have devoted much time to performances other than several who've dedicated much of their comments to the famous Diane Keaton and her characterization. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss.