Thursday, July 10, 2008

Down to the Bone (2004) NR - 3 Stars

Definitely not a glamorous movie at all but then again, addiction isn't glamorous. Vera Farmiga does a great job in her role as Irene.

Irene (Vera Farmiga) is a working class mom living in upstate New York. She constantly struggles raising her two sons and trying to keep her marriage to Steve (Clint Jordan), together while hiding her cocaine addiction. When her life seems to be falling apart and meaningless, she checks herself into a rehab center and a series of NA meetings as she tries to kick her drug habit.

She meets her new best friend Lucy Negron (Caridad de la Luz) who helps support her many ups and downs. And while rehab does help her for a while, she meets Bob (Hugh Dillon) at the meetings who seems to be the perfect distraction for her. But instead, he is a former user and after the two start a love affair they both relapse back into addiction. Now their commitment to each other and staying clean, is broken.

2005 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

Laemmle/Zeller Films
Director: Debra Granik
Writers: Debra Granik, Richard Lieske
Producers: Anne Rosellini, Susan Leber
I viewed 6/08

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