Squeezed somewhere in between the overinflated blockbuster summer and super hero flicks, is the quietly fierce independent film Five Nights in Maine. It deals with loss, internal struggles, forgiveness and redemption. And, funny enough, no one in this film wears a flamboyant costume. But there are a few masks that hide secrets.
The great David Oyelowo (Selma) is a husband who must deal with grief when he finds out his wife died in a car accident. He takes a trip to Maine to visit his mother-in-law, played by the the versatile Dianne Wiest (Edward Scissorhands). There is a lot of blame, guilt and anger between the two. It's like when you're at a dinner party and a couple starts arguing. You want to make it stop, but you are mesmerized by the challenges and intensity of the moment.
I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to director Maris Curran at the Dallas International Film Festival about the story and the extraordinary talent she worked with.
We also discussed opportunities for women in film. Check out this bonus red carpet interview.
Five Nights in Maine is out in theaters and On Demand.