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It has been just a little time since Dustin Lance Black won the Best Original Screenplay for Milk. He is now at work for his own directorial venture called What’s Wrong with Virginia. Dustin Lance Black‘s film is based on his own script.
Virginia centers on the charming, but psychological disturbed mother played by Jennifer Connelly. She seems to look a little different in this film. She has been having an affair with the sheriff for 20 years now.
Things begin to get worse when the mothers 16 year old son falls for the daughter of the sheriff. The film also stars Emma Roberts, Lucas Grabeel, Carrie Preston, Amy Madigan and Toby Jones. The film seems to be another dysfunctional family story that plays out in a different way from the recent Little Children and American Beauty.
Here is an official synopsis of the film.
“What’s Wrong With Virginia” stars Academy Award-winner Jennifer Connelly as Virginia, a charming, yet mentally ill mother whose greatest love is her protector and illegitimate son, Emmett (Harrison Gilbertson). But her longest love belongs to the local-married-Mormon Sheriff, Richard Tipton (Ed Harris), who is running for public office and might very well be Emmett’s father. This boardwalk town’s well-kept secrets are threatened when Virginia’s son begins a romantic relationship with Tipton’s daughter (Emma Roberts). “What’s Wrong With Virginia” is a humorous, heartfelt drama that pokes at the American dream as it charges toward a climactic shoot out that begs the question: can a woman like Virginia ever play the part of mom?
Connelly had something to say about her role in the film.
“It’s sort of a moving story of this woman who does have a lot wrong with her, but a lot that’s right about her and her relationship with her son who’s sort of a teen,” Connelly explained earlier this year. “She’s getting to the point where she kind of needs to let him go. It’s very funny because she’s wildly inappropriate. I thought the script was wildly funny, but also really sad.”
Connelly has probably got the role of a lifetime, but it is still not certain until the trailer for the film is out. We will keep you posted on this one.
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