“Five Nights In Maine,” Maris Curran’s Acclaimed First Film, Is About Finding Healing And Solace In The Midst Of Pain

July 21, 2016 — Director Maris Curran discussed her debut film Five Nights in Maine, and, in particular, the relationship between the two main characters: the mother and the husband of a woman who died suddenly and unexpectedly in an accident: “The thread that binds them has snapped.”

These two damaged, grieving people, (the mother is played by 2-time Academy Award®- winning actress Dianne Wiest and the widower by acclaimed actor David Oyelowo), have to “…negotiate how to treat one another and determine what type of a relationship, if any, they will have.”

In the film, Oyelowo’s character, Sherwin, drives to Maine to meet with the difficult and angry mother (Wiest’s bitter Lucinda), to try to deal with his grief and emotional disconnect.

A post from the Montclair Film Festival describes the situation: “In her magnificent debut, Curran balances raw emotions with a tender and atmospheric touch, allowing Sherwin and Lucinda the space to find peace as they become unlikely partners in healing.”

In an interview at the Film Festival, Curran explained her take on the film: “It is a story about worlds colliding at the kitchen sink. It is about loneliness, frailty and connection, and ultimately, the compassion that comes from opening your eyes to another’s pain in precisely the moment you hurt the most. …
In making this film, I was interested in putting two people who are grieving quite differently together to spark conversations that will hopefully continue beyond the film.”

This sensitively acted and emotional film will be released theatrically on August 5.
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