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Woman with a Past

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Woman With a Past

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Dwight Schultz, Pamela Reed
director:
Mimi Leder
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B-

Basically a grittier version of a ’30s melodrama in which the good girl gone bad (she did it for the kids, of course) makes a new life for herself while hiding the old one from her current husband. Trailer-park trash replaces seedy gangsters, au courant themes of abuse are played up, but everything else remains basically the same. Still, Pamela Reed is compelling throughout Woman with a Past, always breaking through the surface cliches of the scenario and getting to the real human truths. B-