I was visiting my sister in Florida and checking out books in her condo when The Lost Daughter caught my eye and once I read the prologue, I couldn’t stop until I found out what happened to the lost daughter.
Brooke O’Connor has been haunted by what happened to her when she was a teenager. She has a happy life and marriage and yet the secret she tries to bury keeps nagging at her until it threatens her marriage. It’s impossible not to give away what that secret is but if you haven’t figured it out yet, you will after reading the prologue.
I didn’t get a chance to see The Deep Blue Sea when it was showing in Midtown so I had it on Netflix for a long time. Rachel Weisz stars as Lady Hester Collyer who is married to a respectable older man who seems unduly attached to his mother. It’s 1950 and London is trying to recover from the ravages of war. Lady Hester begins an adulterous affair with a war hero who is unable to provide for her physically or emotionally. This movie is based on a Terrence Rattigan play and very well done.
Won’t Back Down starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis was a disappointment due to the screenplay, but does present some thought provoking ideas—most of which have been talked about for years. Trying to help a child struggling in school is something many grapple with on a daily basis. The teachers’ union plays a part and that too gives you something to chew on. This film is worth seeing because it brings to mind good people trying to make a difference.
The Trip (available on Netflix) starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon is about two actors on a foodie trip across the English countryside. These guys do impressions of famous actors that are very funny and though the English aren’t known for their cuisine the preparation and plating of food is fascinating and beautifully photographed. The Trip is improvised but don’t let that scare you off. There are laughs here and that’s a very good thing.