Directed by John Sayles • 1992 • United States
Starring Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, Lenore Banks
Acclaimed writer-director John Sayles brings his gift for creating richly realized characters to this multilayered portrait of two strong-willed women who clash and connect in unexpected ways. May-Alice Culhane (Mary McDonnell) is a New York soap-opera star who, after she is paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident, returns to her family home in Louisiana to wallow in alcohol and self-pity. Chantelle (Alfre Woodard), the nurse she hires to care for her, is dealing with troubles of her own. The bond that gradually develops between the two is illuminated with nuance and complexity thanks to superb performances from McDonnell and Woodard and Sayles’s insightful, Academy Award–nominated script.