THE BET – written and directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin — SPOILERS
Isabel and Albert’s first encounter
While having lunch in a restaurant, Isabel (Natasha Little) makes a bet with her husband Cal (Colin Salmon) that she can get the next man who walks into the place to propose to her. And while she initially fails in this effort, she gets a second chance.
The next guy to walk into the restaurant is Albert (Douglas Hodge). He sits at the bar, and Isabel takes off her wedding ring and sits next to him, but Albert is having a really bad day and is (quite reasonably) suspicious of this strange person trying to chat him up. Isabel’s failure becomes Cal’s favourite joke and he makes a point of telling it to everyone. Continue reading →
HAPPILY EVER AFTER – a film by Joan Carr-Wiggin – SPOILERS
Peter Firth as Heather’s dad, and Alex Kingston as Sarah Ann’s mom. Ria, the name of Alex Kingston’s character, means “estuary” in Spanish. An estuary is the tidal mouth of a river. Kingston is best known for the role of River Song on Dr. Who.
In this wonderful and surprising mirror-universe version of a greeting card movie, the protagonist returns home after a long absence, full of sarcasm and anxious to get back to her real life, and then reconnects with her high school bestie. But instead of discovering that home is where the heart is, and rekindling romance with her high school sweetheart, she takes advantage of events to infect the town with her own realism.
Heather (Janet Montgomery) reluctantly returns home (at the urging of her father’s doctor) expecting to find her alcoholic father near death. Like so many things in this film, that is kind of true but not really. Her high school best friend (whom she hasn’t seen in many years) is the about-to-be-married Sarah Ann (Sara Paxton), and she is (almost but not quite) happy for the reunion. She hires Heather to film her wedding. Continue reading →
Anna Chancellor as Grace, an architect who is afflicted with both a brain tumor and an amazingly needy family.
This comedy is not dark. LOVE OF MY LIFE is a tale that pokes fun at the darkness.
Grace (Anna Chancellor) has a brain tumor and has been told she might die. She makes the mistake of informing her husband Tom (James Fleet) of this dire fact, and because of that the movie begins with Grace reluctantly comforting a sobbing Tom (who is genuinely off-putting). So the film gets off on the wrong foot. Hopeful of keeping information about her medical condition between the two of them, Grace asks her husband not to tell anyone. He immediately phones their daughter Kaitlyn (Hannah Emily Anderson) and that opens the floodgates. Continue reading →