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Archaeology Of A Woman (2014)




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In ARCHAEOLOGY OF A WOMAN, Margaret (Sally Kirkland), a feisty, tormented former newspaper columnist, fights to protect her freedom in spite of the dementia she cannot control. After an episode in a shopping plaza parking lot where she is unable to find her car and is driven home by the police, her daughter Kate (Victoria Clark), an aspiring New York City chef, is beckoned upstate to her mother's aide. While there, Kate develops a romantic tryst with a rookie officer (Karl Geary) as she deals with her mother's demands. Kate attempts to get Margaret involved with activities at the senior center, but Margaret is apprehensive and resentful. Soon, a man from Margaret's past, Sergeant Calder (James Murtaugh), re-enters her life, causing Margaret to fear she will no longer be able to protect herself. Before returning to New York, Kate installs a small surveillance camera to monitor her mom at home revealing a far more private life of fear, lust and longing and her connection to a 30-year-old crime. Through its disconcerting narrative structure, ARCHAEOLOGY OF A WOMAN tells a visceral tale of the unsettled lives of two very different generations of women - one whose secret is buried deep inside her memories, and the other who seeks to dig up the truth. (C) Quadmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sharon Greytak
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Karl Geary
as Officer John
James Murtaugh
as Sgt. Calder
Mary Testa
as Senior Center Direct...
Patrick Murtaugh
as Young Calder
Will Kresch
as Mall Security Guard
Mel England
as Officer Monroe
Judson L. Jones
as Officer Shackelford
Alex Emanuel
as Kate's Co-Worker/Boy...
Bret Haines
as Accident Driver
Katya Campbell
as Young Margaret
Patrick Williams
as Young Jack
Jonah Spear
as Newscaster
Francesca Choy-Kee
as Restaurant Patron
John Burke
as Restaurant Patron
Steven Mark Friedman
as Restaurant Patron
George Brescla
as Restaurant Patron
Maggie Wagner
as Margaret's Hairdress...
Ann Talman
as Salon Owner
Sue Vaccaro
as Hairdresser
Carmen Borgia
as Newscaster
Phyllis Johnson
as News Reporter
Renee Bergeon
as Designer
Walter Masterson
as State Police Officer
Anthony Perullo
as Police Officer
James Chen
as Desk Officer
Marie Masters
as Carol Calder
Amanda Jane Stern
as Young Kate (as Amand...
John Di Gangi
as Detective
John DiGangi
as Detective
Ralph Bracco
as Police Officer - Cri...
Rebecca Kush
as Physician
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

The patience of the audience - and the characters - is further tried by the leaden pacing, which makes the film feel like it was shot in slow motion.

Full Review… | December 4, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Ms. Kirkland - a headstrong veteran performer who is nothing if not game - has proved that she can play this kind of role in her sleep. If only the movie around it were worthy of her efforts.

Full Review… | September 11, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Archaeology of a Woman is a decidedly well-made, unnerving film.

Full Review… | September 9, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

A lot of good intentions and artistic courage went into Archaeology, but they never come together in a coherent whole.

Full Review… | May 23, 2016
Epoch Times

Mysterious, suspenseful, engrossing and foreboding. Sally Kirkland gives an unflinchingly raw, tender performance.

Full Review… | September 12, 2014
NYC Movie Guru

Plot holes aside, Archaeology offers powerful performances from the female leads, who also happen to be incredibly convincing as mother and daughter.

Full Review… | September 12, 2014
Film Journal International

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