Glendale, California, 1931: Mildred Pierce, a young mother with a talent for baking, is left a “grass widow” after throwing her husband, Bert, out of the house. Forced to hunt for work to support herself and her two young daughters, 11-year-old Veda and seven-year-old Ray, Mildred visits an employment agency, only to encounter job opportunities she feels are beneath her. Amidst her job search, she receives dating advice from her friend and neighbor, Lucy Gessler, and begins an unexpected affair with an ex-business partner of her husbandʼs, Wally Burgan. When Mildred receives a call from the agency regarding an opening as a housekeeper to a wealthy socialite, she reluctantly agrees to meet with her. After cutting the acerbic interview short, Mildred seeks refuge at a local diner, Cristoforʼs Café, where fate, and a waitress named Ida, will play a role in shaping her future. –HBO
Filmmaker Todd Haynes is known for making provocative films that subvert narrative structure and resound with transgressive, complex eroticism. The content of his work has made Haynes the subject of both acclaim and controversy, a whipping boy for debates about NEA funding and a figurehead in the new queer cinema. Although he doesn’t characterize himself as a gay filmmaker who makes exclusively gay films, he has pointed out in interviews that to do this would be taking only the content instead of the form of his films into consideration; Haynes’ name has become synonymous with that cinematic movement and its work to both expose and redefine the contours of queer culture in America and beyond. Born January 2, 1961, in Los Angeles, Haynes grew up in nearby Encino. He developed an interest in film at a young age, and while still a high school student, he produced his first film, a short about contemporary teenage life entitled The Suicide (1978). Haynes went on to study at Brown University… read more
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