Munck - 1995
Director: Diane Ladd
Writers: Ella Lefland (novel) Diane Ladd (screenplay)
Stars: Diane Ladd, Bruce Dern, Kelly Preston and Shelley Winters
DIRECTOR'S FILM REVIEWS
'Mrs. Munck' had the honor of being selected by more than ten international film festivals including: Seattle, Washington, Toronto, Canada; and was chosen to co-open the Edinburgh, Scotland film Festival. Ms. Ladd also received three best director awards including the 'Director's ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT SPECIAL AWARD by the Florida film Festival.
"EMOTIONAL WALLOP. An uproarious love story of bitter heartache and sweet revenge. 'Harold and Maude' meets 'Misery' in this unpredictable crossfire of love and rage. DIRECTING-WRITING DEBUT OF THREE-TIME OSCAR NOMINEE DIANE LADD. TERRIFIC DIALOGUE! STUNNING BREATHTAKING FILM. LADD IS GRISLY FUNNY IN THE TITLE ROLE, and the film is surprisingly effective as psychodrama, getting a special bite out of the casting of Lass's own real ex-husband, BRUCE DERN, WHO STARS WITH A MAGNIFICENT PERFORMANCE in the part of the captive male. BOTH ACTORS SHOULD RECEIVE A NOMINATION PIERCING PERFORMANCES BY A SUPERB SUPPORTING CAST: SHELLEY WINTERS AND KELLY PRESTON… 'MRS MUNCK' in it's own way, successfully mines some of the same terrain as 'The Bridges of Madison County!' Of the years (200 FILMS) AT THIS FESTIVAL ONE OF THIS REVIEWER'S TEN PERSONAL FAVORITES!"
Seattle Post Intelligence
"PROVOKED A POWERFUL AUDIENCE RESPONSE…this film could point a new
direction for independent film makers."
Film Critic, WILLIAM RUSSELL
Scotland's Independent Newspaper
"A love story. All the qualities of a typical big budget Hollywood
movie…Diane Ladd has made a stylish powerful film."
Film Critic, GILL HARRIS
"Ladd majestically sweeps away any questions about her ability.
We're left to wonder only whether she is more impressive as a director,
writer, star or casting agent. HER DIRECTION IS CLEVER AND SMOOTH
AND HER PORTRAYAL OF 'MRS. MUNCK' IS STUNNING"
Film Critic, MARK DAWIDZIAK
Dallas Morning News
"THIS REVIEWER hasn't been made to feel so personally
VULNERABLE since WOODY ALLEN'S Husband
and Wives! LADD, BRILLIANT! DERN, a performance of
A LIFETIME! KELLY PRESTON - EXQUISITE! SHELLY WINTERS
- NATIONAL TRESURE! BEAUTIFUL, BRAVE, DREAMLIKE & TOUCHING!
A FILM one EXPERIENCES rather than just watches!
Film Critic, TOM ALLEN
Movie Maker Magazine
"The big SURPRISE is the way Misery turns into Harold and Maude! SENSITIVE!
TOUCHING! Just the thing for which we have all been
yelling! A FILM that WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH, CRY and THINK!