The plethora of medications offered on-line should come with a snap shot of Annette Bening as Deirdre Burroughs, Augusten Burroughs hopelessly addicted narcissistic mother in his searing and tragic memoir of a life interrupted.
This tale matches Mommy Dearest one for one and buy valium 10mg online possibly surpasses it as a venomous portrayal of a mother once held in awe. Certainly Annette Bening tops Faye Dunaway in her disintegration onscreen. There is nothing over the top here. Bening owns Deirdre throughout. And Deirdre as a mother is a nightmare of epic proportions. As a feminist, she leaves nothing to be desired and gives the word a bad name.
The film’s introduction to a young Augusten’s Family life leaves no doubt that there is trouble in paradise. The story quickly introduces the audience to a fractured family fueled by alcohol and emotional abuse. Could it get worse? Oh yes, and then some.
Father Norman (Alec Baldwin) has enough and walks when Deirdre elicits the help of Dr. Finch (Brian Cox) and embraces his bizarre therapy with complete abandon. In the process, Deirdre loses her husband, loses her son and loses her soul.
The story is equal parts Augusten’s journey to survive the pain of watching his mother’s disintegration and his journey to survive being thrust into life in the mad house of Dr. Finch.
It is a home inhabited by two strangely psychotic daughters and an achingly repressed housewife. Jill Clayburgh embodies the role of Agnes Finch with such brilliant neurosis that she ultimately appears the only sane one in the bunch. Hers is a finely tuned performance of the dichotomy of brilliance bordering on insanity. There is Hope (Gwyneth Paltrow) – the light, and there is Natalie (Evan Rachel Wood) – the dark, as sisters far from normal in a household that is equally so. Adopted brother Neil Bookman (Joseph Fiennes), appears in full-blown schizophrenia to relieve Augusten of his virginity and add a little more chaos to the mix. All characters border on insanity not surprisingly due to the apparent madness of the man of the house, sketchy Dr. Finch, whose ideas about self-discovery are largely encouraged through the use of pharmaceuticals.