The Private Life of a Modern Woman


The Private Life of a Modern Woman

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Successful actress Vera Lockman thrashes during a nightmare in which she struggles with, shoots and kills her drug-dealer ex-boyfriend. Jolted awake, she reveals in her journal that the killing actually occurred the day before and that Sal, dead, lies in a trunk in her living room. Leon, Vera's lover, arrives and is summarily dismissed. Franklin, a filmmaker friend, stops by, concerned. He grills Vera, provoking confusion and a hint of dread. Vera drives the trunk to an isolated area and rolls it into a lake. She returns to her loft and is startled by a narcotics detective, McCutcheon, who asks about Sal. Vera believes that McCutcheon accepts her false story. Later, Vera serves dinner to her mother Elaine and beloved but decaying grandfather Arthur. Carl Icahn, Arthur's former high school classmate, stops by afterward. Vera and Carl connect emotionally. The next day Vera, calm for the first time, writes. Her mood is shattered by the crescendo of police sirens. She springs to the window and sees McCutcheon. Their eyes meet.


Critic Reviews for The Private Life of a Modern Woman

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (3)

  • The Private Life of a Modern Woman is written and directed by James Toback, a once-talented iconoclast now largely fighting shadows.

    Sep 3, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

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  • The Private Life of a Modern Woman shrewdly investigates how an accidental incident upends the equilibrium of a young woman who seems to have everything going for her.

    Sep 3, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "The Private Life of a Modern Woman" is a thrift-shop psychological X-ray that demands to be taken on its own Tobackian terms. But even on those terms, it spends too much time telling us things that it should be showing us.

    Sep 3, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Just 71 minutes long, but so toenail-tweakingly pleased with itself, and so replete with pseud-ish posturing, that by the end it feels as if the whole thing must have been playing at quarter-speed.

    Sep 3, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • This won't raise Toback's ever-wavering profile, but at least it proves him game for a challenge and unashamed to look, let's say, studenty in his earnestness - which feels somehow commendable for a director of his vintage.

    Sep 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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