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To Leslie (2022)

Drama | 119 minutes
3,39 59 votes

Genre: Drama

Duration: 119 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Michael Morris

Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Allison Janney and Marc Maron

IMDb score: 7,1 (9.179)

Releasedate: 7 October 2022

To Leslie plot

Single mom Leslie has the winning lottery ticket. However, the money goes out as quickly as it comes in and her relationship with her son soured. Years later, Leslie's charm has worn off and she has nowhere to go. In search of redemption, she fights her way to rebuild a life. She can count on lonely motel manager Sweeney for help.

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avatar van BBarbie


  • 11819 messages
  • 7211 votes

Andrea Riseborough excels in this bleak character study of a woman with an uncontrollable alcohol addiction. The film gets better and better and starts to get under your skin about half way through. It earns Riseborough a now controversial Oscar nomination for best female lead. Looking at the competition (Cate Blanchett, Anna de Armas, Michelle Williams and Michelle Yeoh) she can win from me, also because this is the best film of the nominees for best female lead.

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avatar van Ste*


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Great movie, with a few minor flaws for me. So I spent the whole first half waiting for something of a flashback structure that allowed us to see what her life was like before. In itself it is not necessary that we get to see that because it also gives you an idea of what happened, but I think it would have made the film stronger if we had seen the contrast of a Leslie who was still somewhat for each other with the declining variant six years later. Anyway, I was curious about it myself.

I also thought that, although it made for a nice scene, it ends a little too sweetly. The film wants to show that life is not a fairytale, but makes it almost end like a fairytale with the reunion with her son, a relationship with Sweeney and her own dinner.

Apart from those things, a strong film with a very strong acting Andrea Riseborough (of whom I only now find out that she is not really American and she was also in Matilda, for example. Speaking of acting. She can win that Oscar from me) . Always love the rural American atmosphere and accompanying country music.

Small 4*

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avatar van N00dles


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Good performance by Andrea Riseborough, who convincingly portrays an alcoholic woman whose life is derailed after winning a lottery.

Beautifully told, without too much fuss. Here and there some clichéd things (confrontations with fellow villagers (up to an assault), the white knight savior who still sees something good/beautiful in her) but nevertheless a strong portrait of a woman whose decisions for caused a lot of personal problems.

Still, I didn't find everything equally strong. Going cold turkey, for example, is a bit too easy for her. The moment that she seems to realize that her mentality really needs to change was also a bit too sudden for me, especially given her years of alcohol abuse. In the end it does come to a nice redemption arc, with an emotional but a bit too fairytale-like happy ending.

Oscar nomination well deserved, despite some controversy it seems.


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