“You can’t take care of someone by doing what they want. You have to do what they need and I can look after them better than their relatives because I am impartial”. With these words Marla Grayson defends herself in I care a lot, a court-appointed legal guardian by profession, in front of the judge.
The son of one of the elderly women under her guardianship sues her for putting his mother in a home against her will and selling part of her assets to pay for her stay, as well as charging for it. Dressed impeccably and with a perfectly rehearsed speech, it is difficult not to convince the judge to issue a restraining order. In this way, Marla gets rid of an annoying son with (rightly) suspicions about the unethical practices of his mother’s state-appointed guardian. Thus begins I care a lot , an original blend of thriller and black comedy that shows us, among other things, the dangers of foul play.
Summary > I care a lot
Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike) has it clear. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who take advantage and those who are taken advantage of. Predators and prey. Lions and lambs. And she is clear, she is not a lamb. So she has no scruples when it comes to taking advantage of others.
Together with her partner Fran (Eiza González), she has a company dedicated to swindling pensioners, whom she “tutors”. All goes smoothly until they stumble upon the wrong old lady, Jenifer Peterson (Dianne Wiest), a seemingly perfect victim. Wealthy, healthy, independent and with no family to claim her estate, Jennifer seems like the perfect target. They quickly pull out all the stops to forcibly declare her a dependent by taking advantage of America’s dependency law. What Marla and her partner don’t realise is that they are making a terrible mistake, for soon someone will appear who will miss her, a dangerous criminal (Peter Dinklage).
Plot of the film
I Care a Lot, directed by J Blakeson, was screened at the Toronto Film Festival and quickly won critical acclaim. Not surprisingly, this satire on the American dream and the legal and welfare systems blends thriller and black comedy in a highly original way. The protagonists apparently do nothing outside the legal framework. But whether what they do is more or less ethical, more or less correct, is another matter. An excellent comedy of villains, acid and intelligent, the plot maintains the intrigue until the end and shines for the performances of its actors and actresses. In fact, playing Marla Grayson won Rosamund Pike the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical
Cast “I care a lot”
The truth is that after seeing Rosamund Pike in the role of the twisted Amy in Lost(David Fincher, 2014), it is not shocking to see her in the role of the ruthless and sadistic Marla Grayson. She certainly nails the role of the baddie. It’s hard to believe, though, that a few years ago she played the sweet and innocent Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.
The director also brings back Dianne Wiest in this film. Some may remember her for her performance in Edward Scissorhands(Tim Burton, 1990), but this actress has worked with some of the best directors and has also won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress on two occasions. Both times under the orders of Woody Allen. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Bullets Over Broadway (1994). The cast also includes the stupendous performance of the actor Peter Dinklage, known worldwide for his work in Game of Thrones . With these performances the success of the film is assured
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