Crimes of the Heart (Beresford, 1986)

A prologue to the Southern infused mise-en-scene and environment Beresford would explore later in Driving Miss Daisy, Crimes of the Heart showcases three stellar performances by Diane Keaten, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek. Beresford lingers quietly in the richness and solitude of wide interiors and humid exteriors, examining shared family histories and long lost ambitions while using plot filler to advance the character driven story. The process provides a number of beautiful scenes between the three diverse sisters, agonizing over their lives through richly textured prose and passionate emotions. What at first might seem like a women’s picture, turns into any acting fan’s dream, if not a screenwriter’s disappointment.

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