Unhook The Stars

NICK CASSAVETES

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

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.

Hachette Première, , Sheen/Michaels Entertainment.  

France/USA, 1996.  

Screenplay by , Nick Cassavetes.  

Cinematography by .  

Produced by .  

Music by .  

Production Design by Phedon Papamichael.  

Costume Design by .  

Film Editing by .  

National Board of Review Awards 1996.  

Toronto International Film Festival 1996.  

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