A Perfect Ending
Fifth time’s a charm in Nicole Conn’s "A Perfect Ending." Rebecca Westridge (Barbara Niven) is well-to-do housewife in an unhappy (and virtually sexless) marriage with Mason Westridge (John Heard), with their three children Jess (Kerry Knuppe), Aaron (Michael Adam Hamilton) and Hank Bryan Jackson).
Her friends tell her to call cousin Valentina (Morgan Fairchild), who runs a service company. After five failed attempts, Rebecca finally has sex with Paris (Jessica Clark), one of the escorts. Through her sexual awakening, as it were, she finds herself in several other ways as well.
The film opens on flashing images of a man tying his tie interspersed with flashing scenes of bondage, foreshadowing Rebecca’s life of "perfection" with her new sexual expression. Rebecca tells Paris at one point, "I’ve spent my whole life trying to be perfect."
Her perfection is represented in her strand of pearls which, at the beginning she desperately grasps any time she feels uncomfortable, and as the movie goes on and she becomes more free, her strand of pearls becomes steadily longer. But despite her desperate attempts at perfection we learn how her life is significantly less than perfect, especially in regards to her husband.
The plot of this film is refreshing and interesting, what with its take on the conventional "perfect" lifestyle. Rebecca lives a life that, as seen from the outside, is perfect: a wealthy husband, a beautiful house, three children and a different strand of pearls around her neck every day. But her extreme unhappiness causes her to partake in activities that would be seen as heinous in her social circle. There are several well-kept and alarming secrets that contribute to the intrigue of the plot.
And the plot was carried out very well by the actors’ performances. They were not overdone or cheesy, and no one was supremely awkward. One aspect of the movie I could not get on board with was the abundance of strange slow-motion scenes in the movie.
I understand trying to illustrate the significance of certain scenes within the movie, but is it just me or is slow-mo very ’90s and cheesy these days? And another strange thing about the movie was that there were very strange cuts in scenes that made it seem like time was passing, when in reality it was not. Overall, though, this movie was very entertaining and moving.
"A Perfect Ending"