Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden stars as a single Los Angeles librarian who discovers adventure and romance in Costa Rica.
Making his feature debut after a substantial career in other filmmaking roles, director Juan Feldman delivers an awkward dramedy that hews closely to TV-movie conventions in its account of a distraught middle-aged woman seeking escape from her unremarkable life. With Marcia Gay Harden in the lead, the film clearly aspires to theatrical validation, although smaller screens may prove more suitable for this day-and-date release.
Marcia Gay Harden can do no wrong. Any role she undertakes ends up being a special one just because of her talent, charm and charisma. In her latest film After Words, she portrays a single woman in her forties who is at the end of her rope. She has a plan to end her life but delays it until after a trip to Costa Rica. Watching Harden go from a beaten plain Jane to a woman on the cusp of a wonderful life makes for grand movie entertainment.
Jane (Harden) is a librarian in Los Angeles, going through the motions of her life but without any real enthusiasm about it. When her employment is terminated due to a downturn in the economy she takes her savings and splurges on a trip to Costa Rica. Suddenly Jane is a woman with a plan. She will go to a foreign land and while there she will end her sad, dull life.
“I was a little nervous about it because I’m a single mother of three and I know what life is like on set,” the actress, who has worked on shows such as “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Trophy Wife,” said Monday at the Television Critics Assn. summer media tour in Beverly Hills. But “my kids were like ‘Mom, do it, do it, do it.’ They were really behind me, so that was important.”
The “ER”-esque drama, set in the busiest emergency room in the nation, is slated to debut on Sept. 30. Harden said she was drawn to the show because “it’s real, it’s raw.”
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Level 33 Entertainment has acquired North American rights to romantic drama “After Words,” starring Marcia Gay Harden, Oscar Jaenada and Jenny Ortega, Variety has learned.
Red Sea Media is handling international sales in Cannes. A theatrical release for the film is planned for August in North America.
Juan Feldman produced and directed from Joel Silverman’s script. Harden plays a librarian attempts to escape her mid-life crisis by traveling to Costa Rica, where she meets a younger man who takes her on an unexpected journey.
Harden was last seen in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Jaenada starred in “Cantinflas.”
The project was developed in 2012 as “The Librarian.” ANA Media, Classic Pictures and Tom Rubin negotiated the deal on behalf of Mano A Mano Films.
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