Monday, January 31, 2011

Cloris Leachman & Martin Balsam in A Brand New Life 1973

Victoria Douglas (Leachman) has a nice life. She's been married to a wonderful man (Balsam) for 18 years, has a good job, good friends... A routine visit to her doctor is about to change all that. Victoria is pregnant. This film takes a look at what that means for a middle aged couple who have settled into a life alone together. Both Cloris Leachman and Martin Balsam give lovely, low key, nuanced performances as the couple facing a big change in this simple story. Look for veteran character actress Mildred Dunnock as Victoria's mother.

This film has been available on DVD since 2005. It was originally a TV movie and consequently has quite a low profile. It's rarely if ever aired on TV now, and there's very little video of it online. The trailer above is from

Obscurity factor: 8 (available on DVD, virtually unknown)

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