10 months ago
"It never really dawned on me that, gee, I'm 45 and I'm taking off my clothes. For me it was a matter of living inside the character."-Rene Russo
A story of loneliness, repression and passion
"There is a silence where hath been no sound. There is a silence where no sound may be. In the cold grave, under the deep deep sea."
"Famous is celebrityism and I don't want that. I know that I'm not that. Everybody knows who you are, I can't imagine living that life."-Robin Wright
A story about the search for identity and the willpower to savor it
- Helen HuntI'm not very sexy or glamorous. I have a girl-next-door kind of look and I just have to do the best I can with that.
In the movie we first get to see the sadness that is Barbara Covett's life. Barbara is an unmarried, cynical teacher who is nearing her retirement. She's very unpopular with her students and coworkers as she's a woman of bitter characteristics. She seems like your everyday lonely spinster who's dissapointed with her life and takes it out on the rest of the world, but soon we learn differently. A new teacher comes to work at the school: Sheba Hart. First Barbara restrains herself from this beautiful, charming young woman whom everyone else is in love with. But soon Sheba's kindness breaks her walls down and a silent fascination begins to emerge. Barbara, being the lonely woman that she is, grabs onto this chance of a friend and innocently starts to pursue Sheba more and more. Sheba has an older husband, a teenage daughter and a son with Down's Syndorme. She desperately needs someone to talk to and ends up trusting Barbara. A friendship starts to form, and an obsession begins. When Barbara discovers a shocking revelation in Sheba's sex life, she recognizes a chance to keep a hold on her by emotional blackmailing. She keeps clawing her way into Sheba's life, all the while deluding herself that they are the greatest of friends.The story about a woman whose loneliness drives her to insanity