In this new drama, a Pulitzer-winning playwright, screenwriter and outspoken political activist has disappeared from her high-profile life in New York and Hollywood to hide under an assumed name. More…
While staying at a secluded seaside motel in Santa Barbara, California. she is surprised by an unexpected visit from a man with whom she had a brief relationship 25 years earlier, when she was 36 and at the height of her Broadway fame. He was naïve, 20, and studying to be a Catholic priest. They met during the 1950’s in Reno's famous art-deco Mapes Hotel, where she was staying for her six-weeks divorce, and he was working in the hotel while on sabbatical from the Franciscan Order, struggling to resolve doubts about the priesthood and himself. Over the last 25 years, they have not seen each other nor spoken.
See it if you like exaggerated characters in comic-tragic romance. Bette D would've loved role. Some insights. Loaded set-up. Act I stronger.
Don't see it if you need believable plot/characters. You don't enjoy dying woman's hallucinations or smell of herbal cigs. Why does brain tumor cause cough?
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See it if You are interested in religious calling and sex. Playwrights and brain tumors, worldly success and a meaningful life. Friendship. Death.
Don't see it if A leading lady who really overacts, banal dialogue, plodding plot development and an unbelievable denouement would disappoint you.
See it if You'd like see outstanding performances in the context of romance, loss, and redemption; and don't mind a good cry.
Don't see it if You are too jaded to appreciate human connection and imperfect love among imperfect people.
See it if you enjoy provocative characters, the examination of moral decisions, and look forward to being emotionally moved by expert storytelling.
Don't see it if you're looking for light, comedic fare, although there are humorous character moments.