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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

When writer Lee Israel is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.

Nominated for Best Actress (Melissa McCarthy), Best Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant) and Best Adapted Screenplay for both the Oscars and BAFTAS; Can You Ever Forgive Me?  "does a remarkable job of balancing its bleaker elements with the lightness of Isreal's quick mind."  (Common Sense Media)

In the charming, fact-based Can You Ever Forgive Me? the character of Lee Israel allows for McCarthy’s comic skills to shine through, exemplified in an opening scene that quite perfectly sets up her irascible, heavy-drinking antiheroine as she gets fired from a day job she hates anyway. While Israel had written a number of moderately successful biographies of historical women, the money hadn’t lasted very long and with her agent constantly brushing her off and her ex-girlfriend refusing to accept her calls, she struggled to survive. Through an unlikely set of circumstances she found herself carving out a new career as a forger of celebrity letters, enjoying both the lucrative rewards and the ego boost to her skills as a writer.


"With direction from Marielle Heller and a script co-written with Nicole Holofcener, Can You Ever Forgive Me? benefits immensely from their combined abilities. Both have incredible respect for their characters, avoiding over-embellishment, and with Israel they have (semi-)constructed another fascinating, flawed, frustrating and funny female character." - The Guardian
Cast:  Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Gregory Korostishevsky, Jane Curtin
Director: Marielle Heller
Year: 2018
Country: USA
Language: English
Genres: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
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