Do any of you remember the 1975 movie Sheila Levine Is Dead And Living In New York? It’s based on the novel of the same name by Gail Parent.
I read the novel first, and it didn’t click with me. The central character seemed a little too cold and self-absorbed. In the movie, Sheila has more empathy.
Maybe you’ll be disappointed if you rent this film. A lot of people don’t care for it, and maybe with good reason. It didn’t deserve the abuse from critics, though. They could have given it one star and found something gracious to say, but they were critics.
The studio, Paramount, has posted one scene on YouTube, listing it as a trailer. Please consider taking a look at it. I won’t claim the film is a classic because it isn’t. However, it depicts human desperation well. The characters could be anyone, and angst which appears simple should still be taken seriously.
Disclosure: I also liked Can’t Stop The Music and Howard The Duck.