Rebecca (Barbara Niven — Home Invasion, Summer’s Blood, Pacific Palisades, etc.) is a trophy wife. You know the type. The haughty, aging beauties nursing a glass a wine in an upscale restaurant … the ones engaged in casual conversations with their cardboard friends. It’s all for show.
That’s Rebecca. A loveless marriage, three grown — soon-to-be detached kids — and emotional walls that have been built carefully over the years as defensive measures to deny her own mistakes. The end game will come soon, she knows it … affairs, divorce and years of being alone; her beauty gone.
That’s the set up for writer/director Nicole Conn’s A Perfect Ending, which will be making its DVD debut courtesy of Wolfe Video on Feb. 5.
Her husband (played perfectly by John Heard) is a bastard, no two ways about it. We are not talking about a nice guy with problems on his plate that has allowed them to grow apart. He’s an ass. He plays the game and she’s just window dressing. Intimacy, sex and love … those are just concepts; illusions.
So when half jokingly one of her equally bored friends says, “I seriously think you should consider taking a lover,” it leads to some very unexpected changes in her life. With a man, well that would be cheating, that could create problems, but with another woman, how is that really cheating?
|Jessica Clark and Barbara Niven in A Perfect Ending|
A second cousin of a friend; a professional with a unique service (played by Morgan Fairchild is a funny turn) has just the perfect companion for a bored — fully vetted — housewife. But her handpicked escort pulls in a favor (not into a middle-age woman without experience in such things) and throws in a wringer, a much younger woman for the afternoon encounter in the luxury hotel suite.
In a beautifully played sequence, the older Rebecca, fully coiffed for what could be a business meeting, suddenly gets cold feet and is ready to bolt when the exotic Paris (Jessica Clark — as Lilith in the True Blood cable series; Chantal in the Chemistry series) arrives. It is awkward … it is therapy with a twist.
The relationship — after a few rough patches — grows and Rebecca warms; comes out of her funk. The children notice the change … something is up with mom. Passion in her life, but where will it lead? In there a new end game … or, as filmmaker Nicole Conn (Elena Undone, Little Man, Claire of the Moon) has so aptly titled her film, A Perfect Ending?
Bonus extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette and a photo gallery.
To download this week's complete edition of the DVD and Blu-ray Release Report: DVD & Blu-ray Release Report