Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Nominated for three Academy Awards – Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay!

Melissa McCarthy shows impressive dramatic skills with this drama based on the true story of struggling biographer Lee Israel, who discovers a talent for fiction: writing forged letters she claims were penned by the likes of Noel Coward and Dorothy Parker.

Poster for the true tale of literary forgery Can You Ever Forgive Me?Tart-tongued Lee’s isolating fondness for cats and the bottle has cost her, and her agent (Jane Curtin) has dumped her for more marketable writers. Desperate and broke, Lee’s fake letters are a hit with collectors. Helped by her flamboyant lost-soul pal (Richard E. Grant, excellent), Lee’s deception keeps getting deeper.

Marielle Heller directs with a gentle hand and a fondness for a long-gone view of New York, aided by with a lovely script by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty that’s tinged with melancholy.

– Linda Barnard, The Toronto Star

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