An Unremarkable Life

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama

Competently directed by Amin Chaudhri, with a sensitive but derivative script by Marcia Dinneen, AN UNREMARKABLE LIFE gets a boost from its lead performances by Patricia Neal and Shelley Winters as aging sisters whose comfortably interdependent lifestyle is permanently disrupted when romance intrudes. Frances (Neal), forever apologizing and unsure of herself,...read more

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Competently directed by Amin Chaudhri, with a sensitive but derivative script by Marcia Dinneen, AN UNREMARKABLE LIFE gets a boost from its lead performances by Patricia Neal and Shelley Winters as aging sisters whose comfortably interdependent lifestyle is permanently disrupted when

romance intrudes. Frances (Neal), forever apologizing and unsure of herself, is a retired spinster schoolteacher, who dreamed of flying with other female pilots during WW II but was forced to care for her ailing father. Her sister, Evelyn (Winters), who has a daughter, granddaughter, and

great-grandchildren, is a prejudiced busybody who is alarmed by change and by the family across the street that has an adopted Korean child. The sisters' settled domestic routine is overturned when Frances falls in love with Max (Mako), an Asian auto mechanic, and Evelyn goes off the deep end.

Neal's face beautifully registers her character's regret, loneliness, and eventual joy, while Winters--after years of hamming it up in tripe like WITCHFIRE (1986)--is a revelation. If nothing else, AN UNREMARKABLE LIFE proves that one can still derive pleasure from an old-fashioned, well-made

movie in which seasoned professionals give performances of great power.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Competently directed by Amin Chaudhri, with a sensitive but derivative script by Marcia Dinneen, AN UNREMARKABLE LIFE gets a boost from its lead performances by Patricia Neal and Shelley Winters as aging sisters whose comfortably interdependent lifestyle i… (more)

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