The Sleepy Time Gal
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The Sleepy Time Gal
Two women connected by family are drawn closer by fate in this low-key drama. Frances (Jacqueline Bisset) is a woman in her early fifties who had already begun to sense time was running out for her when she learned that she has cancer. While Frances is fighting the disease through medical treatment, she decides it's a good idea to do some travelling before it's too late, and she pays a visit to Bob (Seymour Cassel), a former boyfriend who now owns a farm in rural Pennsylvania. To Bob's surprise, Frances strikes up a fast friendship with his wife Betty (Peggy Gormley), and Frances… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Munch's screenplay is tenderly observant of his characters. He watches them as they float within the seas of their personalities. His scenes are short and often unexpected."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Its rhythms and currents sink into a viewer's consciousness and linger in the mind."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A captivating and intimate study about dying and loving..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Although sensitive to a fault, it's often overwritten, with a surfeit of weighty revelations, flowery dialogue, and nostalgia for the past and roads not taken."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Excellent performances from Jacqueline Bisset and Martha Plimpton grace this deeply touching melodrama."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Playing a role of almost Bergmanesque intensity ... Bisset is both convincing and radiant."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It's delicate, haunting and sultry."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"It has a subtle way of getting under your skin and sticking with you long after it's over."
‑ Paul Doro, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"When the film ended, I felt tired and drained and wanted to lie on my own deathbed for a while."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"To the film's credit, the acting is fresh and unselfconscious, and Munch is a marvel of reality versus sappy sentiment."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
"A thoughtful, moving piece that faces difficult issues with honesty and beauty."
‑ Erin Meister, Boston Globe
"Bisset delivers a game performance, but she is unable to save the movie."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Doesn't reach for the obvious buttons that a weepy mainstream cancer film, like 'Stepmom' or 'Life As a House,' would push."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Bisset still commands the screen as the graceful and outspoken Frances."
‑ Michael Phillips, Citysearch
"Laconic and very stilted in its dialogue, this indie flick never found its audience, probably because it's extremely hard to relate to any of the characters."
‑ Christopher Null,
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