This gets an extra star just for the beauty and charisma of Karin Dor who should’ve had a much bigger career.
Highly fictionalised account, which veers slightly into sensationalism at times, but Jessica Lange is excellent throughout and I think successfully communicates the terrible protracted suffering that Frances Farmer suffered in a time when there was no meaningful and successful treatment for mental illness, and no acceptance of women who were independent thinkers.
Sextette is not a good movie, but it’s a movie that is sure to make you happy even at the darkest of times. It has a wonderful cast, which includes Timothy Dalton, Dom DeLuise, Tony Curtis, George Hamilton and Walter Pigeon. It’s a film that is fascinating, because as usual, Mae West makes her own rules, and anyone who doesn’t want to play by play by them, can take a leap.
Don’t watch this movie with expectations of greatness or because you want to be clever and deride it. Just watch it in good fun, and you’ll enjoy it so much.
Prime Suspect: The Lost Child 1995
A deeply moving and, as always, thought provoking look at how postpartum depression impacts women, how prevalent the lack of support for single mothers is, and society’s inability to truly support the rehabilitation of past offenders. Helen Mirren gives another incredible performance as Jane, and this time the case is particularly personal for her. As always, Prime Suspect was light years ahead, and openly addressed the topic of abortion without trying to conceal it behind ridiculous melodrama or some morality…