Cookie's Fortune

Film

Comedy drama

 

Time Out says

Holly Springs, Mississippi. Snooty aesthete Camille (Close) is off to rehearse her Easter am-dram production of Wilde's Salome. First, however, she and her downtrodden sister Cora (Moore) must drop in on eccentric aunt Cookie (Neal). When Camille finds the old lady dead in bed, she persuades Cora it couldn't possibly be suicide (such disgrace!), steals a necklace to make it look like murder, and then lets Cookie's loyal caretaker/companion Willis (Dutton) take the rap. Not that cop Lester (Beatty) believes his fishing pal should be behind bars, any more than do the town's only lawyer (Moffat) or Cora's rebellious daughter Emma (Tyler). Altman's mercurial film is a mesmerising jewel that works its magic as soon as the faintly shaky opening scenes are over. It may not be 'about' very much (friendship, loyalty, love, self-knowledge), and it'd be too easy just to praise the excellent performances of the typically eccentric cast. Rather, what's so distinctively charming is the easygoing tone, which manages to turn black comedy into a strangely gentle, touching and delicate affair.
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UK release:

1998

Duration:

118 mins

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