Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 2000. Lakeshore Entertainment, Ron Bass Productions. Screenplay by Ronald Bass, David Field. Cinematography by Eduardo Serra. Produced by Ronald Bass, Tom Rosenberg, Carole Scotta. Music by Randy Edelman. Production Design by Pierre-Francois Limbosch. Costume Design by Valerie Pozzo di Borgo. Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.
Demi Moore is excellent in this intelligent drama about a widow living with her children in France, who keeps going to sleep and waking up as a single career woman in New York. The double life is so effectively convincing that she can’t tell which of her lives is real and which is the dream, including the romantic interests in both, a controlling and passionate writer in France (Stellan Skarsgård), and a giving and kind man in New York (William Fichtner, who is terrific). Moore’s fascinating screen presence keeps this movie going even when it sags terribly in the middle, and Ronald Bass’ script makes such a compelling argument for both of her personas that it’s very difficult to guess for yourself what the outcome will be. The film’s conclusion is so well played out and rewarding that it renders any previous flaws completely void. Also features a rich performance by Sinéad Cusack.