Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Portrait of a Woman

Author(s): Steven
Location: Louisiana

“Portrait of a Woman”

Director: Ron Howard
Screenwriter: Akiva Goldsman
Music by: Hans Zimmer

Principal Cast:

Margot Williams- Diane Lane
Sarah Williams- Erika Christensen
Marlon Williams- Bruce Willis
Michael Munez- Adrien Brody

Tagline: “It’s never too late to be what you were meant to be"

Synopsis: Margot Williams is in a state of depression. She is 35 years old and has been working as a sales clerk in a local retail store for the past 15 years. Her alcoholic husband also likes to spend his spare time abusing her and her daughter. Life never used to be like this for her. In high school she was in the top of her class, the most popular student, and a great artist. Everyone expected great things out of her. Then in her senior year of high school she got pregnant, changing everything. Now all that she has is the life she carved out for herself. Then one day her daughter finds one of her old paintings and brings it to an art gallery where it becomes a huge success. All of a sudden Margot’s life has skyrocketed. She has found a passion for life that has been absent for the last 15 years, she is seeing another man behind her husband’s back, and she finally has the means for her and her daughter to leave the horrible life she has made for herself, but fame doesn’t come without its costs…

What the press would say:

“Portrait of a Woman” is an often touching and inspiring film that has audiences and critics cheering nationwide. This is a story that has been told numerous times, but Goldsman has written a great screenplay with rich dialogue and characters that refreshes the genre. Diane Lane gives the best performance of her career. She creates an amazing portrait of a woman who wants to flee the life she is living; she wants something more, but she just needs the means to acquire it. The best scene is when she argues with her daughter, Sarah. Margot blames her situation on Sarah, saying that if she never would have gotten pregnant in the first place she would never have been in her predicament. Erkia Christensen amazingly holds her own against Lane’s powerful performance. She really has blossomed into an amazing woman and actress. Fine performances are also delivered by Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody, especially Willis who brings a ferocious intensity to the film. Oscar consideration is as follows:
Best Picture
Best Director-Ron Howard
Best Actress- Diane Lane
Best Actor-Bruce Willis
Best Supporting Actress-Erika Christensen
Best Original Screenplay

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