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Charms for the Easy Life (2002)

The story of three women who live in a North Carolina town and defy the traditional roles set forth for them by society.

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Kaye Gibbons (novel), Angela Shelton (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gena Rowlands ... Charlie Kate Birch
Mimi Rogers ... Sophia
Susan May Pratt ... Margaret
Geordie Johnson Geordie Johnson ... Richard Baines
Kenneth Mitchell ... Tom Hawkings III (as Ken Mitchell)
Wayne Robson ... Doctor
Kayla Perlmutter Kayla Perlmutter ... Margaret (child)
Kirsten Kieferle ... Charlie Kate (1909)
Cristine Rotenberg Cristine Rotenberg ... Sophia (1909)
Sylvie Weir Sylvie Weir ... People
Phil Cook Phil Cook ... People
Ken Gorin Ken Gorin ... People
Judy White Judy White ... Louise
Karl Wanhala Karl Wanhala ... People
David Macniven ... Sophia's Husband
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The story of three women who live in a North Carolina town and defy the traditional roles set forth for them by society.

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A könnyű élet varázsa See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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When Margaret is making tea for her grandmother we can hear the tea kettle whistle. But when she pours water from the kettle into a teapot, there's clearly no whistle on the nozzle. See more »

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Charlie Kate, Medicine Woman
4 August 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Joan Micklin Silver, the director of this film has done better before. She must have been attracted to the material. The novel was much better, as usually is the case when the adaptation is from a book and not from a short story.

The film is pleasant to watch, but it seems hollow in parts. Charlie Kate was a determined woman; she gets rid of a husband that is a waste and sets up a domestic practice to help everyone that is sick. She had an innate sense for healing, as the man who she saves from being lynched tells her at the beginning of the film.

Gena Rowlands is good as the indomitable Charlie Kate. When she has good material, this actress excels. The surprise of the film is without a doubt, Mimi Rogers, an actress that is far superior than others of her generation. Unfortunately, she doesn't get what she deserves. The rest of the cast is good too.

This is a nostalgic look of America in the early 40s.


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