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Grim vision takes toll
THE BIG SCREEN
Gut-wrenching: August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, is a star-studded endurance test.
Picture: Courtesy Roadshow
I'VE just walked out of a
screening of August: Osage
County and I'm exhausted
I feel as if I need to receive the
film equivalent of family
August: Osage County reveals
the venom that courses through the
veins of the members of the Weston
family when they gather for a
funeral dinner after a tragic event
besets the family.
The head reptile in the family is
Violet Weston (Meryl Streep), who,
in her drug-addled view of the
world, feels she has the right to slice
through her children,
grandchildren and their partners.
Her vitriolic observations are
enough to suck the oxygen out of
the room, if not the cinema, and
make you seek help desperately.
Violet's chief opponent is her
daughter, Barbara (Julia Roberts),
whose caustic comments are
generated by Violet's behaviour.
Barbara is capable of giving as
much as she receives. That is not a
mark of a strong woman but
defines the wounded and
maladjusted character of the
Barbara, her husband Bill (Ewan
McGregor) and daughter Jean
(Abigail Breslin) are struggling to
save their shredded family
Violet and her husband, Beverley
(Sam Shepard), a renowned poet,
have found refuge from each other
in drugs and alcohol.
Are you feeling drained yet?
Just wait, there's more.
There's Violet's sister Mattie Fae
(Margo Martindale), her husband
Charlie (Chris Cooper), their son
Little Charles (Benedict
Cumberbatch), Ivy (Julianne
Nicholson) and on and on it goes.
These people are not observers.
They bring their own blend of
acrimony, rancour and bitterness
to the dinner table.
I haven't even got to the surprises
and twists that are revealed as the
The film is set in Oklahoma and
perhaps is indicative of what
happens when one lives in a
remote American prairie.
August: Osage County appears
to be a condensation of the
decayed human connections that
authors such as Carson McCullers,
William Faulkner and Tennessee
Williams wrote about in their plays
That might give you a clue as to
why I felt exhausted by the end of
It is also indicative of the powerful
acting delivered by this coterie of
August: Osage County is a
compressed version of events and
emotions, and places a
magnifying glass on each member
of the family and their relevant
relationship in a two-hour movie.
Hopefully, that condensation is
not indicative of what happens in
real families, at least not all at once
in one place on one occasion.
Although it is based on a stage
play, August: Osage County
doesn't look like a filmed stage
Don't let my fatigue as I left the
cinema dissuade you from seeing
August: Osage County.
It is both an intense and
worthwhile experience; just see it
on a day when you are feeling
positive and strong. August: Osage
County reminds me of a comment
I've heard about people
complaining about their health.
Those people are told that if they
were able to put their health issues
into a bowl along with other
people's health predicaments,
they would gladly take back their
own health problems because
other people seem to have more
In the case of August: Osage
County, if you had a choice
between your own family and the
Weston family, you would embrace
your family and show them all the
affection and care you could
bestow on them.
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