Can You Ever Forgive Me?

15

INFO

Starring
Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Gregory Korostishevsky, Jane Curtin

Director: Marielle Heller

Running Time: 106 minutes

Certificate: 15 - very strong language, drug misuse

Country: UK

Format: 2D


3 OSCAR NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST ACTRESS & BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR.

3 BAFTA NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST ACTRESS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR & BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY.

"Paul Simon’s percolating, anxious "Can’t Run But" dominates the movie’s soundtrack, and no number of scenes shot in Julius’s warm bar, the whiskey flowing, can shake that restless mood. It’s atmosphere brewed to an expert degree of exactitude."
★★★★
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out

"A moving hymn to outsiders, this thrives on two criminally good performances from Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. It also confirms Marielle Heller as one of the brightest directorial talents around."
★★★★
- Ian Freer, Empire Magazine

"Grant injects a mix of charmer and rotter into Jack’s hustling, but it’s McCarthy’s prickly, vulnerable and bravely egotistical Lee who seals the film’s deal."
★★★★
- Kate Stables, Total Film

"Director Marielle Heller offers a heartfelt and subtly devastating true story of loneliness and desperation."
★★★★
- Kate Stables, Daily Mirror

"Provides the ideal template for McCarthy to project her talents onto a more sophisticated plane, and - complemented by a top-notch Richard E. Grant as Israel’s partner-in-crime - she rises to the occasion."
★★★★
- Eric Kohn, IndieWire

"McCarthy’s best performance to date, revealing haunting insights into friendship, loneliness, and creative insecurity."
- Peter Debruge, Variety


Melissa McCarthy is brilliantly unsympathetic in this revelatory dramatic role as literary fraud Lee Israel. With her writing career permanently stalled, incapable of getting over her ex-girlfriend and job prospects nil, she turns her craft to penning elaborate fake letters from the likes of Noël Coward.

Lee is acerbic but hilarious company, making an art of imitation and spurred on by her drinking companion Lee (Richard E. Grant in a superb return to the big screen).

Funny yet quietly poignant, Marielle Heller’s film (Diary of a Teenage Girl) dextrously handles Nicole Holofcener’s (Enough Said, Please Give) script.

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