May-Alice Culhane is a New York soap opera actress left paralyzed by a car accident. With no other options, she returns to her family’s old and empty Southern home, where she drinks hard, offends every caregiver, and wallows in self-pity. Her outlook begins to change with the arrival of Chantelle, a nurse with her own life problems. The two gradually find a heartfelt connection with one another, and, as a result, their lives subtly change. –Thessaloniki International Film Festival
John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an American independent film director and screenwriter who frequently plays small roles in his own and other indie films.
Sayles was born in Schenectady, New York, the son of Mary (née Rausch), a teacher, and Donald John Sayles, a school administrator. He was raised Catholic and took to labeling himself “a Catholic atheist”. Both of Sayles’ parents were of half Irish descent.
He attended Williams College, where a small incident provided an inkling as to his future career. In 1972, while participating in the school’s biannual trivia contest, Sayles’ team was tied with another after eight hours, forcing the game’s first sudden death overtime. Sayles was able to cite a particular line of dialogue from the 1960 film The Time Machine, thus clinching that semester’s championship.
Like Martin Scorsese and James Cameron, among others, Sayles got his start in film working with Roger Corman. Sayles went on to fund his first… read more
Outstanding performances from the cast together with an absorbing storyline and sensitive direction from John Sayles make this a memorable movie. Loved the use of the Zydeco music too: it not only underscored the Louisiana setting of the film, it also effectively changed the mood of the movie.