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A dreamy single mother becomes entranced by an aging poet’s reflections of the life he and his best friend shared in New York City during the 1930’s. As the young woman becomes consumed by these stories, she ‘joins’ the man’s best friend in another dimension.

 

EDWARD, an aging poet and intellectual, spent his youth in New York and Europe during the height of the Depression era. It’s the beginning of the Cold War, and he now lives in Los Angeles. Befriending single mother MIRANDA, Edward fills his time with memories about his younger days and his late best friend BEE, who died at the age of thirtyeight. As his friendship with Miranda and her young daughter ABBIE deepens, Edward begins to realize that her interest in his younger years and his friend Bee is more than just idle curiosity. Edward also notices that his nephew CLAUDE, a handsome and ambitious real estate agent, has become involved with Miranda though he believes he’s not the right person for someone who was born ‘in the wrong era’. This feeling strengthens when Edward’s extensive flashbacks begin to merge with the present day reality as Miranda ‘falls in love’ with his deceased friend Bee. As Miranda’s grasp on ‘reality’ becomes increasingly tenuous, Edward slowly comes to the realization that she is, in fact, the ‘mystery woman’ his late friend became involved with before his untimely death. As Miranda is consumed by her dream life, her relationship with the ultra-practical Claude falls apart. Claude makes a last ditch effort to save the relationship by taking her on a romantic trip to a secluded canyon. Claude is stunned when Miranda disappears without a trace, but Edward is strangely satisfied as he realizes that she has gone back in time to share her life with Bee.

“As a lyricist, there is no one now writing with whom he (Nathan) can be compared. Beneath that appearance of simplicity which is proper to lyrics and that lightness of touch which illumines rather than dramatizes, he has probed again and again the joy and the grief, the fear and the courage, the absurdity and the mystery of the heart.”

Virginia Peterson
New York Times