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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Film about writer Lee Israel's life

Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy stars in the film 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' which will be screened at Mermaid Arts Centre on Saturday, June 15.

Admission is €8 or €6.50 concession and tickets are available at mermaidartscentre.ie.

Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy, is perfectly cast in this true-life comedic drama about the writer Lee Israel, based on Israel's confessional memoir of the same name. She took the title from an apologetic line in a letter in which she posed as Dorothy Parker.

When Lee finds herself cast away from the literary world, struggling to make rent, she turns her considerable talent to the forgery of literary correspondence.

With the help of a rambunctious new acquaintance Jack Hock (Oscar nominee Richard E Grant), Lee, surreptitiously finds a new voice, proudly declaring: 'I'm a better Dorothy Parker than Dorothy Parker! Together, they find a fleeting happiness and a new sense of purpose.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is an elegantly crafted story of humour and pathos.

McCarthy and Grant forge a genuine chemistry as two outsiders, who find temporary solace in each other's foibles.

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