Alice doesn’t live here anymore (1974)

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Starring Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel

I became a fan of Ellen Burstyn when I saw her on The Devine Secreta of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and then on Requiem for a dream. Knowing she won the Oscar for this film, I have been wanting to see this film for a while now.

The film centers on the character Alice. She becomes a widow and decides to move with her son to Monterey, but she has to stop on the way to find a job and save the money to get there.

I usually like these types of drama movies that focus on the journey of the character, and we just see what she goes through, no big plot. But this one disappointed me in terms of the story. I could not stand the Tommy character although I could understand him. And the story just felt boring to me. I just think for this kind of film the characters are the key and I just did not like the characters.

The one thing that stands out is Ellen Burstyn’s performance. She earned the Oscar. But for me, that just was not enough for me to say that I liked the movie. The overall performances were good, including a young Jodie Foster.

As a fan of Scorsese, I have to say that this one does not rank among my favorites. It is worth watching only because of the performances. Posted by

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