This week my "Take Three" column (every Sunday, three write-ups on three performances in a supporting/character actor's career) over at The Film Experience features Piper Laurie in Hesher, Twin Peaks and Carrie.
Take One: Hesher (2010) Laurie has played the grandmother figure a few times in recent years (Hounddog, Eulogy, The Dead Girl), but she best conveyed matriarchal feeling last year in Hesher. The
film uses the familiar narrative coupling of a loveable old person and
unruly younger person connecting despite obvious differences. This time
it's carried out with keen subtlety because the people involved are
Laurie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who make this arrangement work in a
delightfully fresh way. Their friendship isn’t the main thrust of the
narrative, but a key characterful diversion, and the genuinely heartfelt
union elevates the film with tiny moments of tender affection...
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