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Kate Winslet

Mildred Pierce

27 Mar, 2011

Winslet plays Mildred Pierce, a divorcee with two daughters during the Great Depression, in this five part miniseries drama directed by Todd Haynes from the novel by James M. Cain. After divorcing her husband, Pierce finds work as a waitress, later opening her own restaurant. Her daughter Veda (Evan Rachel Wood) rebels against her at every turn. Co-starring Melissa Leo and Guy Pearce.

Mildred does a very good job of pretending to be strong — something I think a lot of mothers do. But I don’t think even she realizes how vulnerable she is just beneath the surface of her determination and survival instinct. It had been a really long time since that rawness had to be so alarmingly accessible to me and I didn’t really like it!

Mildred Pierce Trailer #1 (HBO)