in about 100 words or less
US 233m, Colour
Director: Lisa Cholodenko; Cast: Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Zoe Kazan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Martha Wainwright, John Gallagher Jr., Devin Druid, Jesse Plemons, Bill Murray, Peter Mullan
Olive Kitteridge is a powerful and sometimes frightening television melodrama about a sadly destructive woman who, as the production’s title character, struggles to maintain her family amid her personal battle with mental illness. Based on Elizabeth Strout’s 2008 novel of the same name, and spanning about 25 years, the lives of a dysfunctional New England family are laid bare through the particularly heartfelt performances of McDormand and Richard Jenkins. Filled with the blackest of humor, Cholodenko deftly explores the many faces of clinical depression and the varying human responses and possible outcomes (Klaus Ming December 2015).