Monday, July 29, 2013

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

A homemaker's abusive husband dies suddenly in a car crash, hurling her and her only son out on to the open road where she seeks to reclaim a childhood dream of becoming a singer and encounters a wide array of people and difficulties along the way. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is an atypical early film from Martin Scorsese, an imperfect semi-episodic female centered road movie featuring many excellent scenes and several that don't work or lack credibility. Ellen Burstyn is outstanding in her Academy Award winning performance and Alfred Lutter III turns in good work as her flippant son. The film is also a treat for the fine supporting work by talents including Diane Ladd, Harvey Keitel, Jodie Foster, and Kris Kristofferson.