My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Anywhere But Here

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(out of 5)


The presence of at least one happy scene would have done much for this overly melodramatic film about a young woman () being dragged across the country by her ambitious and, she thinks, selfish mother (). The performances by the two ladies couldn’t be better, but Wayne Wang’s direction is so intent on making the film as depressing as possible it’s almost as if he’s daring you to enjoy it. In contrast, Tumbleweeds starring Janet McTeer is a similarly-themed film that succeeds so much better thanks to its reliance on humour and a more believable presentation of this kind of troubled relationship. Sarandon truly is amazing, though, and thanks to her strengths the film gets away with more than it should. Excellent supporting performances by  and , plus a cameo appearance by .


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USA, 1999

Directed by Wayne Wang

Screenplay by , based on the book by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Actors Index:  Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon


Golden Globe Awards:  1999

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999


AnywhereButHere

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