Writer Marsha Norman's sure hand is evident in this superlatively acted "woman's film" that entwines the mid-life crises of two women from different backgrounds and concludes that self-destructive behavior is an equal opportunity destroyer.
When dissatisfied housewife Iris Prue (Sally Field) abandoned her 20-year marriage, she wrecked both her future financial security and her relationship with her grown daughter (Jessalyn Gilsig). After her boyish lover drains her bank account, Iris finds herself reduced to working as a housekeeper. To make matters worse, Iris must continually prove herself to her demanding employer, hoity-toity Paula Tanner (Judy Davis). Paula is ...