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Can You Ever Forgive Me?


In Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? addresses how poverty, desperation, and feeling invisible can seduce someone into creating a false reality, leading them to do unthinkable things. Digging beyond the story of Israel’s forgery, the film provides an in-depth look at how Israel’s inability to love others as well as herself led her down a path of criminal behavior – and how self-honesty ultimately helped her speak the truth. — Dr. Juli Fraga Read More

From Charlotte O’Sullivan at London Evening Standard:

This film takes an altogether different view of the imitation game. By embracing frauds and failures, it achieves greatness on the sly. Full Review

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