Dark Comedy "Isn't It Delicious?," With Alice Ripley, Kathleen Chalfant, Robert LuPone, Screened at Manhattan Film Fest
By Adam Hetrick
The independent black comedy "Isn't It Delicious?," starring Tony Award winner Alice Ripley, Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant and Golden Globe Award winner Keir Dullea, is screened as part of the Manhattan Film Festival June 23 and 25.
Michael Patrick Kelly directed the film, which has a screenplay by Kathleen Kiley. "Isn't It Delicious?" is produced by Aquapio Films.
The film is being screened at the Quad Cinema in the East Village. The first screening is sold-out. "Isn't It Delicious?" won Best Feature Film at the Rainier Independent Film Festival and took second place at the Tupelo Film Festival in May.
The film casts Chalfant as a woman dying of cancer, who attempts to reconcile with her husband (Dullea) and adult children (among them, Ripley).
The cast also features Mia Dillon, Malachy McCourt, Robert LuPone, Jonah Young, Nick Stevenson, Ger Duany, Vanessa Morosco and Suzanne Hayes.
Here's how it's billed: "When Joan Daly, the controlling matriarch of an upper-middle class New England family, discovers she is dying of lung cancer, she sets out to reconcile her dysfunctional relationships with her three children, her husband, and along the way, her former best friend. After learning of her diagnosis, Joan decides not to pursue chemotherapy or any alternative treatment. The family’s destructive ways are offset by messy and often humorous attempts by Joan to set her children on the right course before she dies. She will also have to truly see her husband for the first time. In this big dysfunctional mix, everyone will learn to connect in their own ways and realize on their own terms what life is about."
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