ⓘ Happy Tears

                                     

ⓘ Happy Tears

Happy Tears is an American independent comedy-drama film by Mitchell Lichtenstein. It stars Parker Posey, Demi Moore, Rip Torn, Sebastian Roche and Ellen Barkin. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 11 February 2009 and was released theatrically in the United States on 19 February 2010.

                                     

1. Plot synopsis

Jayne Posey and Laura Moore play sisters helping their crude but endearing father Joe Torn deal with age-related health and mental problems. Wealthy by marriage, Jayne is otherwise psychologically fragile. Conversely, Laura has her hands full with domestic responsibilities but is considerably more grounded. Upon returning to their childhood home to help their father, they face difficult, frequently comic situations. The home, their deceased mothers effects, and their fathers eccentricities evoke memories and sentiments, especially for Jayne. The sisters bicker over the seriousness of their fathers condition. They also contend with a romantic dalliance between Joe and his equally eccentric, wigged-out "nurse" Shelly Barkin. The struggle to balance familial duties with their own strained lives suggests a more meaningful family connection they may not have had as children.

                                     

2. Production

The shooting schedule was completed in 2008 and included locations in and around Philadelphia including Prospect Park, Center City and Cabrini College.

                                     
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