Sky Atlantic brings us another glossy HBO drama next month, featuring Oscar-winning actresses and a heart-wrenching storyline.
Mildred Pierce is based on the classic 1941 novel by James M. Cain. Set in 1930s Los Angeles, the story follows a single mother who leaves her unemployed, cheating husband in order to provide for her children during the tough times of The Great Depression. Despite finding success as a restaurant owner and gaining a new love in her life, she is overcome by her inability to earn the love and respect of her eldest daughter.
The story was first adapted for the big screen in 1945. Joan Crawford earned an Academy Award for her portrayal of the lead character. HBO has now made a five-part miniseries starring Kate Winslet, an Academy Award winner herself, and directed by Todd Haynes. Guy Pearce plays Mildred’s new love interest, Monty; and Evan Rachel Wood stars as the spoiled and ungrateful daughter, Veda. This year’s Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars, Melissa Leo, also stars. If the acting talent doesn’t get you on board, the stunning costumes and classy set certainly will: