Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Showed at Images 11/30/2018–12/6/2018

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Jane Curtin

Showing on the Main Screen

In Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970s and '80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.

Director Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl) said, "I want to be able to tell stories about women who society would otherwise ignore and not look at closely, and Lee is somebody who was certainly very flawed, but also really resourceful and ingenious. Whether or not you agree with what she did—because there’s no doubt what she did was criminal—she used her brains and her gifts to achieve something when all looked lost. She figured out a way to survive and to keep going, and most of all, she had some real fun while doing it.'

  • Director: Marielle Heller
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

“Melissa McCarthy is exceptional as the irascible Lee Israel, and her skill in a dramatic role should be no surprise. Her performance is detailed, nuanced and subtly affecting.”

– Chicago Tribune