THE MED­DLER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

Di­rec­tor: Lorene Sca­faria (Seek­ing a Friend for the End of the World) Star­ring: Su­san Saran­don, Rose Byrne, J.K. Sim­mons, Michael McKean Ver­dict: Get­ting too in­volved to ever get the mes­sage

IN The Med­dler, Su­san Saran­don plays a re­cent widow named Marnie, a woman who puts the ‘mother’ in ‘smoth­er­ing’.

Rather than give into her in­tense grief at home in New Jer­sey, Marnie moves all the way across Amer­ica to a condo she has bought in Los An­ge­les.

The rea­son for the dra­matic change of ad­dress is purely strate­gic. Marnie’s only child, Lori (Rose Byrne), works in Los An­ge­les as a screen­writer.

Now she is re­sid­ing at such close range, Marnie can de­vote ev­ery wak­ing mo­ment to re­lent­lessly bom­bard­ing her daugh­ter with text mes­sages, voice­mails and unan­nounced drop-ins. Un­like other women her age who have lost their part­ner, Marnie is proud she has quickly gone and got her­self a life. Un­for­tu­nately, Marnie does not re­alise that life al­ready be­longs to Lori, and she is not about to give

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