Some movies are hard to classify. This 2008 effort directed by Amy
Redford (Robert's daughter) is definitely a chick flick, but beyond that,
it's both a sad story of despair and a life-affirming story of hope. It's
beautifully done and quite different.
Mel (Saffron Burrows) is having a bad day. She's diagnosed with
terminal cancer and given two months to live, returns to work to be handed
a severance check because her job has been downsized, and seeks solace
from her boyfriend who dumps her before she has a chance to tell him about
Overwhelmed with hopelessness, Mel rents an expensive loft on a
short-term lease, and maxes out her credit cards furnishing it. She also
buys her lifelong dream, a guitar. For the next two months, Mel changes
her life completely by living extravagantly, taking both a male and female
lover, and just generally adopting a "who cares" attitude.
The ending, depending on your point of view, is either a giant cliché,
or a satisfying ending to a great character study, but either way, this is
a fascinating movie.
|Paz De la Huerta
Here are some more individual Saffron
Burrow frames from The Guitar, as per Señor