The Designated Mourner

1997, Movie, R, 91 mins

The Designated Mourner
Bolstered by a trio of outstanding performances, David Hare has done a terrific job translating actor-playwright Wallace Shawn's slightly muddleheaded stage play to film. In an unidentified country at an unspecified time, two ghosts and one survivor of an obscure cultural revolution assemble in a spare room. Howard (David de Keyser) is an elderly dissident poet; Judy (Miranda Richardson) is his cultured and devoted daughter; and Jack (Mike Nichols) is her husband, a failed academic. Addressing the camera, but barely speaking to one another, the three chronicle the fall of a regime, the breakup of a marriage and the crumbling of one's sense of self. Jack does most o...
Released: 1997 Rated: R Length: 91 mins

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