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Can You Ever forgive Me?

An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel.

An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.

"Just as she did in her previous film, Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), Heller is able to present fully dimensional portraits of flawed people within a larger picture of a particular time and place. The AIDS epidemic of the 80s overshadows Israel and Hock's story. Both are gay, alcoholic, and—in Hock's case—recklessly promiscuous. But Heller presents all this matter-of-factly, as part of the story rather than its salacious subject. At no point are these two to be gawked at or pitied.

Israel is tactless and mean, but there's a fierce intelligence and longing for connection and respect under all her bluster. She has a great time faking famous people's letters not just because it pays her bills, but because it makes her feel wanted. Even though she's found out, pretending to be other people brings her closer to her true self. She does the wrong thing, but it makes her right in the end.

McCarthy and Grant are both note-perfect in their portrayal of two people at the end of their rope who have no business being friends, or getting away with as much as they do, or having such a good time along the way. I can't recall two more unlikable characters being so likable in a mainstream film in a long time."

Courtesy - Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader

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Directed by: 
Marielle Heller
Running Time: 
107m
Country(ies): 
USA
Year: 
2018
Language: 
English
Starring: 
Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells
Screenplay by: 
Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
Rated: 
Substance Abuse
14A – Coarse Language

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