Crimes De Coeur [Import]
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From Bruce Beresford, the director of Driving Miss Daisy & adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Beth Henley, Crimes of the Heart stars three Academy-Award winning actresses as three high-strung sisters who reunite after the youngest is released on bond from jail after shooting her senator husband. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story is about three sisters, Lenny (Diane Keaton), Meg (Jessica Lange), and Becky (Sissy Spacek), who reunite together after a long time when Babe (Becky) shoots her husband. Due to the fact that their mother committed suicide when they were young, the three girls have completely different personalities from each other. Lenny, the oldest, is a reticent woman having problems with relationships because she thinks low of herself due of her medical problems. Meg, the middle sister, leaves the family at a young age to pursue a career in Hollywood, only to end up in failure. Babe, the youngest sister, shoots her husband because of the abuse and loneliness through the years. As the days pass, the three sisters come closer again and face each other's difficulties.
This was a delightful movie to watch, due to many reasons. Firstly, the entire cast acted wonderfully. When you see names like Sissy Spacek, Diane Keaton and Jessica Lange, you know you are going to see powerful performances of the characters in the movie. They all acted faultlessly in their own way according to their roles. Secondly, Bruce Beresford did a great job in brining Beth Henley's award-winning play to the screen. Furthermore, the background music also added well to the movie.
I wouldn't recommend this movie to everyone, but if you enjoy watching dark-comedy movies, then you will like this one.
The material is reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor, who wrote some of the most humorous, offbeat Southern fiction extant.
The three sisters are so controlled by their visceral reactions that one wonders if any of them have ever had an intellectual moment. Although it would be maddening to have such people for friends, they're great instruments for movie comedy.
One final note: If anyone thinks Sissy Spacek is goofy-looking (as I used to), they will change their mind when they see her in this. She is absolutely gorgeous here.