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Dir: Mike Nichols
1990 / 101 mins
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MERYL STREEP GIVES THE MOST FULLY ARTICULATED COMIC PERFORMANCE OF HER CAREER
THE WASHINGTON POST
Cast: MERYL STREEP, SHIRLEY MACLAINE, DENNIS QUAID, GENE HACKMA

Postcards from the Edge

Adapting her own book for the screen, the late Carrie Fisher’s script is a thinly veiled autobiography dealing with her own struggles with drugs and alcohol in the world of Hollywood.

Fresh out of rehab Suzanne Vale (Streep) seeks to reignite her acting career but soon realises this goal isn’t going to be as simple as she’d hoped. A condition of her release is that she be in the charge of a “responsible” person – in this case the studio chooses her mother Doris Mann (MacLaine) herself a one-time star.

Coupled with rip-off-merchant managers, two-timing love interests and the challenging world of sobriety when surrounded by indulgence and excess, Suzanne never seems to catch an even break but perhaps happiness is closer to home than she thinks.

Directed by Mike Nichols who also appears with The Graduate, Postcards from the Edge boasts a first-class class and not unsurprisingly a star turn from Meryl Streep in a role that garnered her a deserved Oscar nomination.

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