Two Weeks (2006)
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Director Steve Stockman takes the helm for this semi-autobiographical comedy drama about an estranged family that comes together for one last goodbye, and finds their assumedly brief farewell inexorably dragged out for two excruciating weeks. Aging matriarch Anita (Sally Field) is dying, but before she goes, she has requested that her four grown children travel back home to visit their ailing mother on her deathbed. Eager to gain a better understanding of the dying process, daughter Emily
Oct 20, 2006 Wide
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Field looks appropriately wiped out. Although given how brittle, awkward, and completely uninteresting her younger co stars are, she could just be exasperated -- she's doing all the lifting.
You will have to like Sally Field, you will have to really like Sally Field, to sit through Two Weeks.
The movie's warm advocacy of hospice, with all the dignity such end-of-life care provides, does real, influential good.
The well-intentioned screenplay is all over the map, with many scenes too truncated to go anywhere dramatically or emotionally. Is a cancer movie that leaves you dry-eyed an oxymoron?
There is much to like in this poignant movie about those who leave this life and those left behind, but Two Weeks never quite pulls everything off.
Attempts at black humor, although not unrealistic during such a trying time, fall flat. Far worse than not laughing at the jokes, you're unlikely to be moved to tears at sad moments.
Sally Field gives a brave and convincing portrayal of a woman facing death. It's a heartbreaking performance and Field attacks the mental and physical pain facing Anita with veracity.
offers a little too much dysfunction and not enough humor for my tastes
TWO WEEKS offers some positive views on hospice care and tackles head-on a theme that few American features do, but it lacks the gravitas of something like the European drama THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU.
A sentimental weepie about coping with death that tries to mix laughter and tears but induces only groans.
Sally Field's flawless performance as a mother whose imminent death reunites her four grown children elevates a fairly formulaic melodrama... into something considerably more memorable.
Although quite touching and stitched with black humor, little of what transpires feels like it's happening to particular people at a particular time in a particular place.
... the understatement of the awkward family dynamics and complex feelings... has a quiet honesty and unsentimental dignity of its own.
A smoothly directed story that shows without sentiment how life, for better or worse, goes on.
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