Anchored by a tour de force performance from Academy Award Nominee Lena Olin (CHOCOLAT, ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY), MAYA DARDEL is a wonderfully performed near-chamber piece about an acclaimed poet (Olin) who publicly declares her intention to end her own life, instigating a competition between a series of young writers to become the executor of her literary estate. The supporting cast is uniformly strong and features Rosanna Arquette. Maya announces on National Public Radio that she intends to end her life and that young male writers may compete to become executor of her estate. Men drive up the mountain and are challenged intellectually, emotionally, erotically. But Maya’s end game turns out to be subtler and more complicated than it seems. Featuring “one awesome performance” by the amazing Olin. Unrated. 104 Min.
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