Happy Tears

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"There's an art to going home without going crazy."
  • R
  • 2009
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 5.2  (1,601)
  • 35

Happy Tears is a 2009 drama film directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein, starring Parker Posey, Demi Moore, and Rip Torn. The movie tells the story of two sisters, Jayne and Laura, who reunite at their family home in Pittsburgh to take care of their aging father, Joe. Jayne, played by Parker Posey, is an eccentric and free-spirited woman who lives in California and makes a living as an artist. Laura, played by Demi Moore, is a successful and uptight New Yorker who works in the fashion industry. When they arrive at their childhood home, they are shocked to find that their father's condition has worsened and he needs more care than they expected.

As they start taking care of Joe, the sisters reconnect and reminisce about their childhood memories. However, tensions arise between them as they confront their own personal issues. Jayne is dealing with relationship problems and is struggling to keep her art career afloat. Meanwhile, Laura is having marital problems and is contemplating separating from her husband.

On top of their personal problems, the sisters also have to deal with their father's eccentric behavior. Joe, played by Rip Torn, is a former carnival performer who suffers from dementia. He has a habit of hoarding useless items and often talks to imaginary friends. The sisters find it difficult to deal with Joe's behavior, but they try their best to make him comfortable.

As the days go by, the sisters learn more about their father's past, including a mysterious woman named Shelly who Joe claims to have loved. They also have to make difficult decisions about Joe's future, including whether they should sell the family home and move him to a nursing home.

Happy Tears is a poignant and touching film that explores themes such as family relationships, aging, and the meaning of home. The film's superb performances from Parker Posey, Demi Moore, and Rip Torn are captivating and moving. The movie's soundtrack, which includes songs from Neil Young and Leonard Cohen, adds to the film's emotional depth.

In conclusion, Happy Tears is a must-see movie for anyone who enjoys heartwarming dramas about family and relationships. The film's well-crafted storytelling and exceptional performances make it a standout indie gem.

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    5.2  (1,601)
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