Although she's not one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood today,I do think Marcia Gay Harden is possibly the most interesting. Despitesome A-list pictures to her credit, Ms. Harden also has a real knackfor appearing in low-budgeted but very high quality films--films thatemphasize her exceptional acting talents and are films about people. Sowhile you might not have heard about her movies like "Canvas" or "Elsa& Fred" or "If I Were You", these are amazingly good films aboutpeople...people you could easily believe are real.<br><br>The latest offering featuring the actress is "After Words"--a terrificlittle film that features, once again, complex characters and a reallyunique performance. It begins with a librarian, Jane (Harden) leavingfor a trip to Costa Rica. She's vaguely dissatisfied with life and hasno one with which to share it. She also is contemplating taking thisexotic trip and at its conclusion, killing herself!<br><br>When she arrives in the country, a handsome young guide, Juan (ÓscarJaenada) offers to show her around this tropical paradise. He isstrapped for cash and the viewer is led to expect that he's just awomanizer out to take advantage of yet another middle-aged woman. But,in a nice twist, there is far, far more to their relationship. Throughthe course of their time together, they form a nice bond and learn fromeach other. He learns about her love for books and she learns about hislove for life. What's going to happen to them as well as he plans ofsuicide? See the film and watch their relationship slowly unfold.<br><br>There's so much to like about this movie. The best thing is the acting.Harden is still that same terrific actress you'd expect but Jaenada isalso terrific and an excellent choice for the film. While this Spanishactor isn't famous throughout the world, I loved him in the recent filmabout the famous Mexican comic, Cantinflas. His impersonation of MarioMareno was captivating. I'd sure love to see more of these two. Apartfrom the great writing, the script is unusual and enjoyable and it's adecent little film for couples to watch--especially couples were aren'tnecessarily young or hip. The film deserves kudos for featuring a50-something actress who, down deep, is gorgeous, sensual and vital.The only thing I might mention is that there is a bit of nudity--though it's tasteful and Harden looks marvelous. Well worth seeing andas of this week, this new film is available through Netflix. Enjoy andlet me know what you think.
Marcia Gay Harden stars as a librarian who attempts to escape her mid-life crisis by traveling to Costa Rica. There she meets a younger man Juan (óscar Jaenada - Cantinflas), who takes her on an unexpected journey filled with adventure and romance.
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