Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

In this shaggy, melancholic true story, the Oscar nominee delivers some of her best work yet as a struggling biographer who finds an unlikely new source of income.

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I can’t say I regret any of my actions. In many ways this has been the best time of my life. – Can You Ever Forgive Me movie.

Don’t believe the entertainment propaganda. Stealing, lying and scheming are the worse days of one’s sad, sorrowful life.

Call the sins in your life the best times of your life and regret will one day fill your soul for ever uttering such words.

Regret nothing in your daily life and you will one day regret everything for eternity.

  So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed?

The end of those things is death.

But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:21-23  

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(—But at 51, Israel is uninterested in playing the game (or selling out like Tom Clancy) and there is an understandably exhausted arrogance from someone whose undeniable talents are not enough to warrant a steady income. For every moment that Israel deserves sympathy, there are five others when her behaviour infuriates and McCarthy is so perfect at expressing just how head-smashingly difficult it is to be around her. It is hard to imagine that Julianne Moore was originally set to inhabit the role as McCarthy plays it with such confidence that it feels written directly for her. One of the reasons she makes for such a talented comic actor is her ability to take her characters so far and with this more dramatic turn, there is a similar fearlessness. It’s one of her best performances to date and opens the door on an entirely new and hugely exciting stage of her career.

She is buddied up, reluctantly of course, with Richard E Grant’s decaying dandy and together, they share a spiky, increasingly warm, chemistry. There is an unfettered mustiness to the pair and the bookshops and bars they exist in, with Heller creating such an evocative atmosphere of early 1990s New York that a light whiff almost emanates from the screen. It is rare to see a film led by two gay characters over the age of 50 and there is a specific friendship they share; both are implicitly aware of the alternate routes they have taken in life partly as a result of their sexuality and both more explicitly aware of the loneliness that now hangs over them. There is a melancholic atmosphere to the film at large, a frankness about the impossibility of dreams and the importance of growing old without shackling one’s self to an idealised notion of what life will be.

Sometimes the shagginess of the film can make it feel a bit slight and at times it does work better as a concentrated character study, but it’s such a joy to spend this time with McCarthy, drunkenly scheming and grumbling, that it’s hard to complain.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is showing at the Toronto film festival and will be released in the US on 19 October and in the UK on 1 February