Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1998. Jersey Films, New Line Cinema. Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese. Cinematography by John Bailey. Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher. Music by George Fenton. Production Design by Nelson Coates. Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland. Film Editing by Jon Gregory, Lynzee Klingman. Toronto International Film Festival 1998.
Powerful film inspired by Chekhov stories from first-time director and accomplished screenwriter Richard LaGravenese. Holly Hunter superbly plays a recent divorcee who has no idea that reclaiming her own identity after her husband (Martin Donovan) leaves her for a much younger woman will be a long journey of self-discovery and painful missteps. Danny DeVito is a gambling addict who just needs a little push from a friendly face to finally achieve his goals in life. Queen Latifah lends magnificent support as a classy jazz singer in a Manhattan night club who befriends Hunter and takes her out on the town. Elegantly produced, and so very strikingly honest, this is a perfect film for people who need to learn the difference between lonely and alone. Hunter gives her best performance since The Piano.