Directed by: Frank Perry
Starring: Faye Dunaway (Joan Crawford), Mara Hobel (young Christina), Diana Scarwid (Christina), Rutanya Alda (Carol Ann), Steve Forrest (Greg), Howard Da Silva (Mayer)
Country: United States
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Based on a True Story, Domestic Abuse, Childhood, Misery-Depressing-Mental Illness, Family
Plot – Spoilers:
Based on the alleged experiences of Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter Christina.
When Christina was adopted, Joan’s career was in its latter half and despite a few flourishes including an Oscar, the stress of a waning career seemed to have worsened her obsessions with order and cleanliness. Christina claims to have bore the brunt of most of this obsessive behavior, though there have been conflicting versions from friends and family that dispute the extent of abuse.
So maybe this film is best watched as a work of non-fiction. A mother who was never able to shake off the belief that she did her daughter a favour by adopting her. A woman who was extremely vain, but also filled with self-loathing – every time something amazing that she craved happened in her life, she had a congenital need to find a way to ruin and fuck it up, with the target often being her slavish daughter.