Virginia is a little movie starring Jennifer Connelly in arguably the grittiest and meatiest role of her career about a single mother having an affair with the local sheriff and what happens when that affair goes wrong. Virginia is the directorial debut of Academy Award winning writer (Milk) Dustin Lance Black, who also wrote the screenplay.
It was filmed in the fall of 2009 and debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010. I have no idea why it’s been languishing for more than two years on some shelf somewhere. I can only imagine it comes down to money (doesn’t everything) and this very independent film finding distribution. It’s got a great cast including Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Toby Jones and Emma Roberts. Take a look at the trailer.
Jennifer Connelly stars in the title role as a beautiful yet unhinged single mother who struggles to raise her son Emmett (Harrison Gilbertson) while dreaming of escaping her small Southern boardwalk town. Her long time affair with the very married, Mormon Sheriff Richard Tipton (Ed Harris) is thrown into question when he decides to run for public office. Things are further complicated when Emmett begins a romantic relationship with Tipton’s daughter (Emma Roberts). Virginia and the town–populated by Amy Madigan, Toby Jones, Yeardley Smith–are full of secrets and everyone knows Virginia can only keep things together for so long. VIRGINIA is a funny, touching drama that looks at the American Dream and what it takes to keep it together.
The film, whose original title was What’s Wrong with Virginia, will get a US release on May 18. Since I’m sure that it will be a “limited” release, look for it on VOD. It might not warrant a night out, but I’d say it’s worthy of a home viewing.