The mother/daughter relationship is a complex one and in the new HBO mini-series, Mildred Pierce, a famous one is explored. Based on James M. Cain’s 1941 novel of the same name, the story takes place in Glendale, California during the Great Depression.
Oscar winner Kate Winslet plays Mildred, a role made famous by Joan Crawford in the 1945 film. Director Todd Haynes has said that the mini-series is closer to the novel and unlike the older film, which changed the time period.
Mildred is a divorced woman who throws her philandering husband Bert (Brian F. O’Byrne) out of the house. Forced to support herself and her two young daughters, 11-year-old Veda and seven-year-old Ray, she opens a restaurant of her own. She has an affair with her husband’s ex-business partner (Guy Pearce) and struggles to deal with her femme fatale daughter Veda (Evan Rachel Wood) as she grows up successful and resenting her mother. Oscar winner and acting juggernaut Melissa Leo plays Mildred’s friend Lucy Gessler.
The trailer looks amazing and the cast is stellar. I’ve been looking forward to this one since it was announced. It practically screams awards bait. You heard it here first.