Rosanna Arquette informally interviews several contrasting actresses about how they cope with being a woman in the entertainment industry. The chauvenism of male crew is discussed, the pretentiousness / stereotyping of female characters in American film now. Interviews include those with Alley Sheedy, Martha Plimpton, Debra Winger, Emmanual Beart, and Rosanna's sister, Patricia Arquette -among others. Although a documentary this film seems affected, Arquette never has an argument, never says anything bad about another actress, in fact, complimenting just about everyone of them as being her favourite actress.Written by
Screened as one of "out-of-competition" films at the Cannes Film Festival, May 2002. Director Rosanna Arquette says she made the documentary when she was struck by the fact that Debra Winger, who earned three Oscar nominations, had left the profession in her 30s. See more »
For me, when it started to be these schedules, like you get the script and you had to go to work in 4 weeks, 3 weeks, I got lost. It's like, what happened to my 3 months of preparation?
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Instead of saying a Rosanna Arquette film, it says a Rosanna Arquette Experience and instead of saying Directed by, it says Experienced by Rosanna Arquette. See more »
I am passionate about my profession and I am intrigued by people who are passionate about theirs. In this, Rosanna Arquette scores high. It is a documentary on the roles that are afforded female actors when they become elderly - which in Hollywood is the mid-thirties.
Since I like character-driven plots, I am frustrated that the distributors and producers of movies are missing so many opportunities for wonderful movies because so many of these wonderful actresses don't quite have the boobs of a 23-year old. (Although, just for the record, I like 23-year-old boobs).
This resonated with me. It is a documentary, so there isn't lot of plot or character to talk about. It is what it is. It is a well-done documentary on a valid topic that does not come across as whining, but as a valid issue which deserves some consideration.
As a postscript, if you like movies with wonderful female characters, check out "You Can Count on Me (Laura Linney)" and "In the Bedroom (Sissy Spacek, Marisa Tomei)".
If you care about quality cinema, this is worth the time.
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