Life is about the connections we make with other people and the stories that come out of each interaction. At least, that’s the message Lorene Scafaria is sending us with her latest film, “The Meddler.” Starring Susan Sarandon as a fast-talking, kind-hearted and stereotypical mom with zero boundaries, The Meddler is the movie you didn’t know you needed.
Its story kicks off with an age-old premise: older woman loses husband, is left with a ton of money and even more free time, which she spends micromanaging the hell out of her successful but depressed 30-something daughter Lori (Rose Byrne). What begins with the promise of a superficial plotline slowly develops into a riveting exploration of loss. Scene stealer in her own right, Sarandon as Marnie Minervini puts on an impeccable performance.
(Read the rest of my film review here: http://filmthreat.com/reviews/the-meddler/)