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ONE TRUE THING

SYNOPSIS:
Ellen Gulden (Renee Zellweger) is a New York journalist with a single minded focus on career – until a family emergency brings her back, reluctantly, to her Langhorne home. She is thrust back into her middle aged parents’ lives, and even while trying to keep up research on a big story, she starts to come face to face with some research aspects of her own family. Her father, Geortge (William Hurt) is brilliant and successful as a lecturer in literature, with a paternalistic attitude to his daughter – professionally, as well. Her mother, Kate (Meryl Streep), has always seemed his antithesis. Within a short time, Ellen discovers – with considerable pain - there is much more to her family, to her parents and to marriage than she ever thought of.

"The strength of this beautifully detailed film lies in the intelligent script and its magnificent, subtle performances. Poignant, heartfelt and moving, this family drama explores the elements that make us tick – why we do what we do, and why we think what we think. We get to the very heart of human nature, and through the characters, we discover much about ourselves. The heart of the story canvasses how Ellen (Zellweger is wonderful) perceives her parents. She idolises her father (William Hurt is beautifully understated) and doesn't place much value on the love shown to her by her mother (Meryl Streep is superb). As the story unfolds, her perceptions change, and so do ours. Filled with truth, we learn that there are different ways of coping, and managing one's dreams. Issues of resentment, guilt and the realisation of what is really important, are handled with sensitivity and honesty. It's to Streep’s credit that One True Thing doesn't become just another schmaltzy melodrama. While there is death, this three tissue drama is really about life. The melodies are haunting, the cinematography beautiful; for the insightful performances alone, see it."
Louise Keller

"This is a writer and actor’s film, full of subtleties about its characters, with nothing one dimensional about it. Emotionally engaging, the film traverses familiar enough territory – goodness, knows. Cancer killing loved one. This isn’t meant as flip or glib put down: the subject matter is actually not the cancer at all, of course, but what happens to relationships when under enormous stress. The added dimension of death creates a melancholy mood but the issues are to do with life matters, like guilt, self, love and above all, genuine compassion. Meryl Streep has perfected the tragic woman, but here she has one scene in particular – where, while rather ill, she explains the facts of real life in a marriage to her daughter – she shows the power of a great actress, while seeming not to be at work at all. William Hurt and Renee Zellweger do their best ever work here, too, and while many will call this a ‘women’s picture’ there are many aspects of it that will connect with intelligent males. It’s a women’s picture in the toughest sense: life. See if you’re up to it."
Andrew L. Urban

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ONE TRUE THING (M)
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CAST: Meryl Streep, William Hurt, Renee Zellweger, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham, Nicky Katt

DIRECTOR: Carl Franklin

PRODUCER: Jesse Beaton

SCRIPT: Karen Croner

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Declan Quinn

EDITOR: Carole Kravetz

MUSIC: Cliff Eidelman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Paul Peters

RUNNING TIME: 127 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: May 27, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE: October 13, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Universal







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