Maya Dardel (2017)

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The film depicts the final weeks leading to the ambiguous disappearance of Maya Dardel, an internationally respected poet and novelist, who lived until 2016 in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Maya announces on National Public Radio that she intends to end her life and that young male writers may compete to become the executor of her estate. They are challenged intellectually, emotionally, erotically, until one of them begins to fathom Maya's end game.

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

A movie that's by turns off-putting, bracingly incisive and insufferable.

Nov 2, 2017 | Full Review…

The film has much to recommend it, in particular its lack of sentimentality about suicide, art, womanhood.

Oct 27, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The red-blooded vivacity of Ms. Olin's performance ... pierces through the muck. She chews feeble lines like meat, spitting out the masticated remains.

Oct 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Is Maya Dardel serious? The regal Lena Olin plays her with frank ferocity and arrogant certainty, but so much about the grandiose poet borders on parody.

Oct 26, 2017 | Full Review…

A film that only serves as a reminder that Lena Olin can still deliver a fantastic performance, even if it's buried in a piece of overwritten nonsense.

Mar 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Olin is so spell-binding...just watching her is treat enough.

Mar 14, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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