An Unremarkable Life poster

I’ll give it three stars for the three stars: Patricia Neal, Shelley Winters, and Mako. It’s great to see classic actors with classic faces, even with a script by Marcia Dinneen that borders on sappy. Patricia Neal and Shelley Winters are elderly sisters living together, with Neal predictably playing the sweet-natured one and Winters, typecast as usual, as bitter and domineering. How much more interesting the performances would have been if the casting had been reversed, and the veteran actresses had had more room to stretch!

Patricia Neal and MakoMako, always a welcome presence, portrays Neal’s love interest, who threatens the sisters’ relationship and living situation, incurring Winters’ wrath and racism, with echoes of her Oscar-winning performance in A Patch of Blue.

The drama is slow, to be sure, but it’s nicely shot by director and longtime cinematographer Amin Q.Chaudhry, and the small-town atmosphere feels right, letting me sit back to enjoy these three actors in a sentimental story about love, chance, and change in old age.