Can You Ever Forgive Me?

"Melissa McCarthy is magnificent as an odious literary forger abetted by Richard E Grant as her lounge-lizard drinking buddy" ★★★★★ Guardian

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What would you do if after a successful career you suddenly found your style of literary biography out of fashion such that not even your agent will take your calls?  If you are as desperate, resourceful and creative as author Lee Israel was, you embrace a late life career change to literary forgery.  Serendipity showed her there was a good market for celebrity memorabilia – personal correspondence – and all of her research skills made her an excellent forger.  “I’m an even better Dorothy Parker than she was,” Israel boasted.  “She was brilliant,” confirmed the lead F.B.I. investigator on Israel's case.

Director Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) brings the real Israel’s curmudgeonly contradictions – she was manipulative, thick skinned and hyper sensitive, a recluse who craves fame – to the screen, and Melissa McCarthy turns in a supremely complex and sympathetic performance.  Richard E Grant’s louche barfly manages to penetrate Israel’s prickly façade to become her friend and accomplice, delivering a fruity performance that could be the direct descendant of his Withnail.  What a rich treat this is!

This film is triple F-Rated.  This means that it has a fully developed female character at the centre of the film and it also has a female director and screenwriter.


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106 mins

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