Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty adapt this true, small-scale story from the memoir of Lee Israel. A once-respected author falling into obscurity, Lee tries to save herself by tapping into her gift for forgery. Director Marielle Heller masterfully renders the book-lined apartments and shadowy barrooms of Manhattan’s Upper West Side (with extraordinary production design by Stephen Carter) and captures the ache of being alone and unglamorous in your 50s and, powerfully, the humiliation of poverty after a life of middle-class accomplishment. Melissa McCarthy, in a dramatic turn, is so unaffected, unsentimental and precise in her depiction of Lee, in all of her self-absorption and misanthropy, that you momentarily forget she’s one of Hollywood’s most successful comedians. But then, her exchanges with Richard E. Grant, playing an equally clever, equally desperate conman, are wildly funny. Can You Ever Forgive Me’s depth and pleasure ensure it will long endure.
Telluride at Dartmouth is a unique opportunity for the Dartmouth community to get a sneak peek at the latest international films—directly from Colorado for special advance screenings at the Hopkins Center.