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2011年1月24日 (月)

Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh were too awesome and I have been haunted by this story for couple of days. Since I rented this DVD film for a week, I was able to see this film many times and this includes the viewing of the director's commentary. (Taylor Hackford's commentary was, actually, one of the best commentaries I've ever listened to. Very detailed and also, his voice is sooo good. His commentary included the information of "Fuji and Kodak differences" and that was extremely informative.)

In the first viewings, I was focused on "Men are enemies" issue. Dolores' husband was evil and so was Vera's (in a different way). Then, the more I watched this film repeatedly, I started to focus on "Mother and Daughter" issue. Then, I also thought about "getting old is kind of sad" issue from Vera's episode.

Selena St. George (acted by Leigh, who was simply magnificent) was grim nearly all through the film and looking at her was tough, but at the end of the story, we can see her smiling (although it was really subtle), and that was the reason why I didn't feel nasty at all even though the whole theme of the film was fairly dark.

As a wife, who was a victim of domestic violence, and also a mother, who has been away (physically as well as emotionally) from her loved daughter, looking at one's daughter smiling was the first gift Dolores could get finally. I think Selena will come back to see her mother more frequently from now on and finally they will have a warm mother and daughter relationship.

One of the unforgettable scenes was Vera, who became senile in the latter part of the film, asking "I want my china pig!" to Dolores. What she wanted to get was not only her favourite china pigs, but also her gorgeous appearance, good health, youth and good old party life, I think. It must have been a painful scene for any of us, because, soon or later many of us will have to have a similar experience to which Vera had.

Finally, I would say that it was a terrible mistake by the judges that Bates wasn't even "nominated" for an Oscar for this role! I wonder why!! I realized that Bates changed her tone of the voice in "young Dolores scenes" and "present (old) Dolores scenes" and that's why the acting of the two eras was natural. Not very many actors can do this, I suppose. A great actress.

Reviewed by Keiko SASAKI

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