Issac De Bankole
Paz de la Huerta
Saffron Burrows is sensational as a dying woman who decides not to look back. Her performance was riveting and her scale of emotion simply mind blowing. It took me a few minutes to place her and then I remembered DEEP BLUE SEA. She played the beautiful Dr. Susan McAlester who sadly gets chomped by a shark near the end. Then we have Roscoe Wasz (Isaach De Bankole who you can also find in the current season of 24) the handsome (and clearly unhappily married) delivery man with whom Mel decides to unleash some of her pent up sexual frustrations. Hold that though, cause it sets the stage for Cookie (Paz de la Huerta) the bi-curious pizza girl who suddenly decides to throw the idea of sex on the table over pizza and wine. I love it. Not to mention the threesome they share (ohhh, I saw and or hoped it was coming) which completely lightened the mood. Well, mine at least. Seriously, more movies need to explore the two woman, one man threesome. Write that down.
I can clearly see how this could be THE gem (or at the very least a gem) of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. This is a powerful story showing us that sometimes before you can get anything out of life, you have to lose everything. I almost dropped a tear or two near the end when she maxes out all her cards only to find out it’s been three months and she’s still alive. My heart went out to her because I knew what the doctors were gonna say. Somehow, in the process of changing every aspect of her life, she beat the cancer and it vanished. Watching her sell all those items was tough, and I held my breath when it came down to the guitar. I watch a lot of movies, mostly throwaway blockbusters, but nothing makes me happier than sitting down to something like this. Something that moves me, changes me a bit inside. It may sound corny but this is what true cinema is meant to do and I sincerely applaud this masterpiece.
Director’s Commentary: Director Amy Redford gives us the play by play. She’s immensely proud of the New York City backdrop and the use of a more subjective camera style. You can tell this woman is passionate as it seems like every “Extra” on the set had a deeper purpose for being there. All these incredible filming elements pool together becoming a testament to Saffron Burrow’s remarkable ability to carry the emotional burden of her character. Impressive.