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Shy People (1987)

Shy People
Running time: 118 min. | Genre: Drama
Shy People

Synopsis

Diana Sullivan (Jill Clayburgh) is a successful Manhattan writer and photojournalist, seemingly oblivious to the serious cocaine addicition that her wild child daughter Grace (Martha Plimpton) has developed. A commission by Cosmopolitan magazine to write an article about a lost branch of Diana's family leads them deep into the bayous of Louisiana, where they encounter Diana's distant cousin, Ruth (Barabara Hershey). Married at 12 to an abusive man whose current whereabouts are an increasingly troubling cipher, Ruth rules over her 3 adult sons, all less than perfectly cogent, with equal parts protectiveness and ferocity, while a fourth, disowned son adds to the volatility of the situation. As the fascinated Diana and wary Ruth circle one another, Grace, bored and in grip of her addiction, toys with her naive cousins with devastating consequences.

Nominations & Awards

Independent Spirit

Best Supporting Actress (Martha Plimpton)
NOMINATED

Cannes Film Festival

Best Leading Actress (Barbara Hershey)
WINNER
Golden Palm - Best Film
NOMINATED

Chicago Film Critics Association

Best Leading Actress (Barbara Hershey)
WINNER

Details

Original title

Shy People

Director

Andrei Konchalovsky

Producer

Cannon Group

Running time

118 min.

Screenwriter

Andrei Konchalovsky, Marjorie David, Gérard Brach (Historia: Andrei Konchalovsky)

Music

Tangerine Dream

Cinematography

Chris Menges

Year

1987

Country

United States United States

 

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