Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lovely and Amazing

I first watched Lovely and Amazing probably over a decade ago, and was blown away at the time. I just saw it again and it totally holds up.

It is a painful look at a family of women -- a woman who is getting liposuction, her two grown daughters, and her adopted 8 year old daughter. The story centers around the operation, and provides a very close look at the small sufferings of each flawed and struggling character. The movie explores female experiences of body and appearance, validation from men, insecurity, resentment, and anger. One terrific moment after another, many depicting tiny cruelties and disappointments.

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