Unhook The Stars


(out of 5)

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

Directed by

Screenplay by , Nick Cassavetes

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by 

Production Design by Phedon Papamichael

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 1996

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