Marvin’s Room


(out of 5)

Strong adaptation of Scott McPherson’s intimate stage play that is now a beautiful film about rediscovering family. , in a marvelous performance, plays a woman who has just been diagnosed with leukemia while she is still taking care of her aging aunt () and ailing father (). In order to relieve her burdens, her kindly doctor () tracks down her estranged sister (), with whom she hasn’t spoken in twenty years, to see if a bone marrow transplant is possible. Streep comes to Florida where her sister lives, bringing along her two sons, one troubled () and one curious and young (). The awkwardness that they feel soon gives way to personal revelation thanks to Keaton’s constant love for all of them, particularly her generosity to the unhappy, angst-ridden DiCaprio. Famed Broadway director Jerry Zaks gets the most wonderful performances out of the whole cast in his feature film debut, keeping the story’s less interesting qualities at bay and punching up the emotional impact of the whole experience.

Scott Rudin Productions, Tribeca Productions

USA, 1996

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1996

Golden Globe Awards 1996

National Board of Review Awards 1996.

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