Cookie’s Fortune

ROBERT ALTMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1999, , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Robert Altman, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Marvellously clever comedy that marks Robert Altman’s best work since Short Cuts.   makes a beautiful comeback as an aging widow who decides to grab a gun and do away with herself when she figures she just can’t live without her beloved husband anymore. Niece , wanting to cover up the family shame of a suicide, decides to hide the gun and make it look like murder. Now Neal’s best friend  is prime suspect, but nobody knows why he would have committed murder. The film works so beautifully because of how delicately character-driven it is, and thanks to the brilliant writing all the actors involved give fantastic performances: Close is stunning, brilliant right down to her fingertips,  has never been lovelier,  never more quirky and never more vacantly adorable. Dutton is the gem in the film, though, giving a beautifully relaxed and heartfelt performance that makes it all come together perfectly. A laugh from start to close, with a great surprise twist at the end!

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