CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? ****
I just saw – belatedly, recommended by a kind friend – one of the BEST films of the year. RUN to it (at Cine17) before it’s gone!
It’s not only English-language, but a true New York flick (somewhat in the vein of “Midnight Cowboy”), brilliantly directed by Marielle Heller, with a marvelous cast headed by the unlikely (she’s usually in vulgar comedies) – but excellent here – Melissa McCarthy and a wondrous Richard Grant.
This tender, character-driven film based on the book by real-life author Lee Israel, who resorted to forging old letters of famous literary figures to support herself, is immediately captivating. McCarthy and Grant create a bond of friendship that feels terribly authentic, and the drama of her cheating scheme is both tragic and a hoot. Here’s a slice of life of a lonely, nasty writer who plays it the way she is, warts and all. Both actors, the director, script and film were nominated for a slew of awards, and won quite a few. This is a small gem that should be discovered by you – toute suite!
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Neptune Ravar Ingwersen reviews film extensively for publications in Switzerland. She views 4 to 8 films a week and her aim is to sort the wheat from the chaff for readers.