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The Good House | 2021 Toronto Intl. Film Festival Review

The Good House | 2021 Toronto Intl. Film Festival Review

Days of Wine & Mortgage: Weaver Soars in Drama on Denial & Redemption

“It always begins with denial,” Hildy Good announces in the opening frames of The Good House, a successful New England realtor whose personal and professional life are on the wane thanks, in part, to her alcoholism. Adapted from the 2013 novel by Ann Leary, husband and wife directing team Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky (The Polka King; Infinitely Polar Bear) craft a rare narrative centered exclusively on the interiority of a woman in her sixties whose life is swiftly crumbling.

There have been plenty of classic melodramas about alcoholism, such as The Lost Weekend or The Days of Wine and Roses, but Forbes and Wolodarsky offer something unique with a narrative initially suggesting a Nancy Meyers comedy then descending into the sobering and sinister.…

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