By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood May 4, 2012 at 11:24AM
The Perfect Family written by Paula Goldberg and Claire V. Reily and directed by Anne Renton and produced by Cora Olson and Jen Dubin hits theatres and VOD today. It tells the story of Eileen Cleary played by Kathleen Turner, a very religious Catholic woman whose life falls apart when she gets nominated for Catholic Woman of the Year. She walk the walk of the church and is desperately struggling with the fact that both her children are not "perfect" in the church's eyes -- her daughter played by Emily Deschanel is a lesbian having a baby and getting married to her partner, and her son played by Jason Ritter is getting divorced and seeing an older woman.
She spends the movie struggling with hiding these secrets (among many others) from the church but she also realizes that she will lose her family and the things that are most important to her if she does not figure out how to combine her beliefs with the realities of the world around her.
A Little Bit of Heaven - directed by Nicole Kassell
A Little Bit of Heaven is a love story set in New Orleans about an irreverent young woman who unexpectedly falls in love with her doctor. Marley Corbett (Kate Hudson) is young, beautiful, and wildly funny, but she's afraid of opening herself up to true love and commitment. Though she uses her humor to prevent matters from getting serious, a life-changing visit to her doctor (Gael Garcia Bernal) sends both of them on an eye-opening adventure of mutual discovery, leading to revelations neither thought possible. [Synopsis courtesy of AceShowbiz]
LOL - directed and co-written by Lisa Azuelos
As a new year at school begins, Lola's heart is broken by her boyfriend, though soon she's surprised by her best friend, promising musician Kyle, who reveals his feelings for her. (IMDB)
Last Call at the Oasis - Directed by Jessica Yu (doc)
This film is terrifying. It kicked the shit out of me and after I saw it in Toronto I did not stop talking about it for weeks. Basically, what it shows is that we are so screwed and we don't ever think about it. Aside from the fact that we are going to run out of water, the water we now have is full of poisons and toxins. Erin Brockovich who we all know from the Julia Roberts film about her is on the case and is a true environmental detective and hero trying to raise awareness about what is happening to our water. She uses her voice in combination with many other people in this film to try and make people aware of what is happening. People should really pay attention to this film - this is as big and as important as An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman.
First Position - Directed by Bess Kargman (doc)
A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competition's in the world. (IMDB)