Valerie Flake Showtimes and Tickets
Release Date: 1999-01-22 (Sundance '99)
Duration: 1hr 30min
A film that discards all traditional mores on grieving, Valerie Flake boldly shows the transformation of a woman who is slowly beginning to let love back into her life after her husband's death five years earlier. Director John Putch assembles a terrific cast to tell a story that breaks the rules and touches your heart. Valerie Flake is an overqualified supermarket cashier in her early thirties with a graduate degree and a past as a talented painter. Since her husband's death, she has successfully severed all bonds with the people who love her and replaced intimacy with a succession of one-night stands. After a fight with her sister, she drives to Palm Springs to attend a party for her late husband's parents, whom she still holds dear. On her first night, she meets newly divorced Tim Darnell, who is a saint and the polar opposite of Valerie. They begin a fast and furious romance that fulfills a need each has but ultimately leaves Tim brokenhearted. Valerie reveals through a videotaped "confession" to her in-laws exactly why she has had trouble coping with her pain before she leaves it all behind in Palm Springs to start anew. With the help of writer Robert Tilem, Susan Traylor gives an outstanding performance as Valerie Flake and compels the audience to care for her in spite of her distance. It is refreshing to see Valerie portrayed as a strong, humorous, and personable woman in the face of all her pain and insecurities.