Friday, February 6, 2015

men don't leave: weekend view from the couch



Men Don't Leave is a 1990 drama starring Jessica Lange as a widow and stay-at-home mom who must somehow support her two sons with no work experience and nothing but a high school diploma.  Without time to grieve, and with a bit of a chip on her shoulder, she drifts through a move to a new city, making tentative attempts to build a new life.

The story is realistic and is one of those few films that focuses on what a woman endures when blindsided by a life change she never prepared for.

If you're a fan of Joan Cusack, she has a great supporting role in this film, with her character developing in a way that you'd never expect.

Recommended "view from the couch" entertainment that may leave you feeling strangely uplifted when you get to the end of it.  It made me remember how the small kindnesses of a few strangers made such a difference as the dominos that once were my life fell in rapid succession, one after another.


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