I was scrolling through movies, as I do sometimes, and landed on this weeks Reel,2011's CLOUDBURST. I didn't even read the description, I was just intrigued by the title. It turned out to be a great decision (I should listen to myself more often.)
Dot's grand-daughter Molly chose to live in ignorant and blissful denial, so when Dot, who is blind starts to need more care, Molly ignores the loving care & helping hand Stella has been providing and chooses to put Dot in a nursing home to avoid what she perceives as her upcoming burden. She also has an eye on her inheritance.
Stella's protestations are ignored, her place in Dot's life diminished. So Stella comes up with a plan, albeit not a well thought out one. She decides on a jail break..or nursing home break. She enlists the help of an errant, but lovable hitchhiker, Prentice (Ryan Doucette) who she picks up along the way. Together they make a bad idea even worse and what follows is a hilarious, raunchy, and tender road trip as Stella, Dot & Prentice make a break and try to avoid the long arm of the law.
CLOUDBURST had so many laugh out loud moments. Olympia Dukakis's honest portrayal of Stella was the highlight of the movie. I just loved listening to her husky voice and raucous laughter and her tender moments with Dot and Prentice. At the root CLOUDBURST was a story about love and the importance of Equality. Also, reminding us that we are just as bound to the people we choose as family as the family we are born into. CLOUDBURST deftly combined comedy and drama, and left me sniffling & laughing in equal measure.