(out of 5)
Jessica Lange struggles to put her life back together after her husband dies in a car accident. Now saddled with two boys to raise and a house she can no longer afford, she works hard to get herself a job after having been a housewife for so long, while also trying to allow herself enough room to grieve for the man she loved so dearly. Charlie Korsmo and Chris O’Donnell are both excellent as her sensitive sons who also have to put a little effort into moving on with their lives, O’Donnell a particular delight in his relationship with an older X-Ray technician (Joan Cusack). It’s no Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, but it is moving and not manipulative, with Lange being an especially good reason to watch it. Remade from the French film La Vie Continue.
Directed by Paul Brickman
Cinematography by Bruce Surtees
Produced by Jon Avnet
Music by Thomas Newman
Production Design by J. Mark Harrington
Film Editing by Richard Chew