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On DVD:Tuesday, April 24, 2007
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Companies: Paramount Pictures & 2 more


Adaptation of Jacki Lyden's mother-daughter memoir of growing up with a mother whom everyone labeled as crazy but actually suffered from what is now known to be manic-depression. Lyden's mother often would become convinced she was a woman with power, such as the Queen of Sheba or Marie Antoinette, then act out her delusions. Her mother's escapes from reality inspired Lyden to seek a career in radio journalism, where she could "escape" to exotic places like Baghdad to cover the Persian Gulf War, among other places. Lyden's feelings of helplessness growing up, her mother's refusal to seek treatment and her mother's relationships with the opposite sex -- which, in turn, affected Lyden's relationships -- are among the complex issues explored in the film.

Oscar Nominations of 2006:
  • Best Actress
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Director
  • Best Picture
  • Best Score
  • Best Screenplay (Original)
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Based on Jacki Lyden's best-selling memoir.

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