Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Freeheld 2015

     Laurel Hester is a police lieutenant working and living in Ocean County, New Jersey for 23 years.  She keeps her personal life private until she meets Stacie Andree and they fall in love.  They register for a domestic partnership in New Jersey.  Laurel learns she has cancer and she has three tumors in her lung.  Laurel, Stacie and Laurel’s police partner Dane Wells petition the county leadership to allow Laurel’s pension to be transferred to Stacie.  They vote unanimously no.  The state allows individual counties to opt out of transferring pensions in domestic partnerships.
      There is a nineteen-year difference in the ages of Laurel and Stacie but that doesn't make any difference to them.  The county is afraid they will loose money if they back this proposal.  A unanimous vote is also very important for them.  There are some flaws in this film but it is a good story.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

103 min, Bio directed by Peter Sollett with Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Luke Grimes, Michael Shannon, Gabriel Luna, Anthony De Sando.
Note:  Imdb 6.5 out of 10, 47% critic 53% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 4.5* out of 5* with 137 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Town of North Hempstead, Town, Hall, Manhasset, New York and Rye, New York.  Ellen Page has been working for seven years to get this film made.  Her interest began after she received a copy of a 2007 short made by Cynthia Wade from producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher. 

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