Three generations of women come together for a weekend at the family’s lakeside home outside St. Louis, and while fishing and Scrabble are intentionally on the menu, secrets both new and long-held turn out to be the main course.
On the surface, Allison is a modern young woman making strides in her career. Her mother Patty is mourning her husband and self-medicating with chardonnay. But the heart of the story is grandmother Rose, who has called the cabin home since the late 1950s. A long-forgotten, newly developed roll of film from that time revives Rose’s memories of Louise, a bold, poetry-quoting beauty who opened Rose’s eyes to another way of life when both were young married women. Rose’s memories unfold in lush period flashbacks, as her friendship with the intoxicating Louise blossoms into a sweet and sultry love affair.
Piper Laurie (Carrie, Twin Peaks) as present-day Rose is the calm center of the storm, an open-minded voice of reason mediating Allison and Patty’s mother-daughter squabbles while keeping her past to herself. The ensemble delivers authentic, emotional performances, supported by lovely scenery and a beautiful score.
Snapshots is a story about family and secrets, love and taboos, choices and legacy. Director Melanie Mayron, a film and television veteran whose credits include Grace and Frankie and Jane the Virgin, applies her considerable talent to this intimate film about strong women, of different eras and sensibilities, who share a family tree.
— LAURA HENNEMAN
Eye Carumba Optometry