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Shy People

Cosmopolitan writer Diana Sullivan (Jill Clayburgh) lives in splendid disharmony in New York with her teenage daughter Grace (Martha Plimpton). Clayburgh is totally in her element as a spoiled middle-age woman trying to cope with her too-hip daughter.

With:
Jill Clayburgh Barbara Hershey Martha Plimpton Merritt Butrick John Philbin Don Swayze

Cosmopolitan writer Diana Sullivan (Jill Clayburgh) lives in splendid disharmony in New York with her teenage daughter Grace (Martha Plimpton). Clayburgh is totally in her element as a spoiled middle-age woman trying to cope with her too-hip daughter.

They are soon out of their element, though, when they travel to Louisiana. It is not simply a case of invaders from civilization soiling a pure culture; story is deepened by the exploration of family ties.

What they find when they arrive is Ruth Sullivan (Barbara Hershey), the matriarch of a family of three sons, one of whom is kept in a cage and another retarded, plus a pregnant daughter (Mare Winningham).

Director Andrei Konchalovsky and cinematographer Chris Menges offer a slow and seductive descent into this world of alligators and primordial beauty.

Clayburgh gives one of her best performances and seems right at home with the ticks and self-centered mannerisms of a modern woman. Plimpton nearly steals the show with her mixture of girlish brashness and suggestive sexuality.

Shy People

Production: Cannon. Director Andrei Konchalovsky; Producer Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus; Screenplay Gerard Brach, Andrei Konchalovsky, Marjorie David; Camera Chris Menges; Editor Alain Jakubowicz; Music Tangerine Dream; Art Director Steve Marsh

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 118 MIN.

With: Jill Clayburgh Barbara Hershey Martha Plimpton Merritt Butrick John Philbin Don Swayze

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