The Sleepy Time Gal (2001)
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Two women connected by family are drawn closer by fate in this low-key drama. Frances (Jacqueline Bisset) is a woman in her early fifties who had already begun to sense time was running out for her when she learned that she has cancer. While Frances is fighting the disease through medical treatment, she decides it's a good idea to do some travelling before it's too late, and she pays a visit to Bob (Seymour Cassel), a former boyfriend who now owns a farm in rural Pennsylvania. To Bob's surprise,
Jan 1, 2001 Wide
Jan 28, 2003
C-100 Film Corporation
Munch's screenplay is tenderly observant of his characters. He watches them as they float within the seas of their personalities. His scenes are short and often unexpected.
Playing a role of almost Bergmanesque intensity ... Bisset is both convincing and radiant.
A thoughtful, moving piece that faces difficult issues with honesty and beauty.
Its rhythms and currents sink into a viewer's consciousness and linger in the mind.
Bisset delivers a game performance, but she is unable to save the movie.
It has a subtle way of getting under your skin and sticking with you long after it's over.
Doesn't reach for the obvious buttons that a weepy mainstream cancer film, like 'Stepmom' or 'Life As a House,' would push.
Although sensitive to a fault, it's often overwritten, with a surfeit of weighty revelations, flowery dialogue, and nostalgia for the past and roads not taken.
When the film ended, I felt tired and drained and wanted to lie on my own deathbed for a while.
Excellent performances from Jacqueline Bisset and Martha Plimpton grace this deeply touching melodrama.
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