Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
France/USA, 1996. Hachette Première, Miramax, Sheen/Michaels Entertainment. Screenplay by Helen Caldwell, Nick Cassavetes. Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael. Produced by René Cleitman. Music by Steven Hufsteter. Production Design by Phedon Papamichael. Costume Design by Tessa Stephenson. Film Editing by Petra von Oelffen.
Gena Rowlands is excellent as a lonely, aging widow who is having trouble keeping her misfit daughter (Moira Kelly) out of trouble. Marisa Tomei is equally effective as a loudmouthed, messed up mother of a little boy (Jake Lloyd, pre-Star Wars fame) who befriends Rowlands after asking her to be a temporary babysitter. The job soon becomes permanent, and the two women get to be very good friends. Gerard Depardieu also stars in this extremely good-natured drama that lacks bite but has genuine heart. The film was directed by newcomer Nick Cassavetes, Rowlands’ real-life son.
Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations: Best Actress (Gena Rowlands); Best Supporting Actress (Marisa Tomei)
Toronto International Film Festival: 1996