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Grace of My Heart

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • GRACE OF MY HEART is larger in scale than many of writer-director Allison Anders's films, but the film bears her unmistakable signature, focusing the same attention on the intimate details of a woman's life that her smaller films do. As the film opens in the 1950s, Edna Buxton (Illeana Douglas) wins a singing contest; she's promised a recording contract, but when she arrives to New York to collect her prize, she finds out it was really a scam: the labels don't want female singers. After many frustrating auditions, she runs into a manager, Joel Millner (John Turturro), who convinces her to change her name, put her singing ambitions on hold until the market is right, and focus on writing songs for other singers. This leads her through creative and romantic collaborations with several unreliable men, played by Eric Stoltz, Bruce Davison, and Matt Dillon. The film is a heartfelt tribute to the art of songwriting and features an impressive array of songwriting talent, including Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and Los Lobos, collaborating on songs reflecting several eras of pop music. Singers Chris Isaak and Shawn Colvin, among other musical talent, appear in small roles.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20438

  • Credits
    Illeana Douglas, Matt Dillon, Eric Stoltz, John Turturro, Bruce Davison, Patsy Kensit, Chris Isaak, Bridget Fonda, Amanda De Cadenet, Peter Fonda
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Anders has great fun re-creating the shadow world of pre-counterculture pop..." -- Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Energetic and entertaining....The film boasts a terrific song score...and amusing performances by a strong cast..."
    Variety

    "...GRACE marvelously re-creates that atmosphere of sweatshop creativity, both the pressure and the joy, and Douglas' portrayal of a woman fighting for her own identity and a piece of the action gives the story a solid emotional footing..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...There's some good music in the film....Ileana Douglas makes a convincing witness to the transition from 'Your Hit Parade' to Woodstock. It's a big role and she's equal to it..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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