January 22, 2007

The Robber Bride TV Movie (CBC)

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By total fluke, I watched "The Robber Bride" on the CBC last night. When I saw that it was going to be on, I thought, "I'll see what this is all about." I ended up being glued to the TV.

The movie is based on the 1993 Margaret Atwood novel of the same name. I bought that book (and it was signed) for 50 cents at a library book sale (Yah! Me!). Sometimes you just get lucky- I have yet to read to though. I might now have to move it up the TBR list. Anyway, the movie stars Mary Louise Parker as Zenia a devious yet charming liar who appears to have been murdered by her boyfriend. John Grismer (Shawn Doyle) is an insurance investigator, and friend of the alleged murderer who is trying to get to the bottom of things. (BTW, Grismer was never a character in the novel). His snooping leads him to three of Zenia's friends who appear to be celebrating her death, all who have been betrayed in different ways by her. In true Atwood style, nothing is as it seems.

I thought the acting was terrific, especially for a made-for-tv movie. Mary Louise Parker was absolutely gorgeous, and sympathetic while being completely Evil. I did have a few questions that might be answered by reading the book, for example, why did the women in this story do what they did for her for so long? Was it really because as Wendy Crewson puts it "is my friend"? And where the heck did that finger come from?

1 comment :

  1. I've never read The Robber Bride, but Margaret Atwood is my best friend's favourite author, and that's probably her favourite book.

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