Robert Altman

Cookie’s Fortune

Altman’s touching black comedy of Deep Southern manners centres on the wrongful arrest for murder of an African American everyone believes is innocent.

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USA 1999
Dir Robert Altman
With Liv Tyler, Charles S Dutton, Ned Beatty, Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Patricia Neal
118min
Digital
Certificate 12A

A gentle, surprisingly affecting black comedy of Deep Southern manners, with an eccentric Mississippi dowager’s African American caretaker and companion (Dutton) arrested for her murder – even though everyone in town, cops included, believes him innocent – thanks to the conniving lies of the dead woman’s niece (Close). A warmly human, frequently very funny meditation on friendship and family, love, loyalty and self-knowledge.