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From Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning book comes this four-part miniseries that tells the sweet, funny, tragic story of the denizens of a seemingly placid New England town, as seen through the eyes of Olive, a woman whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. Oscar(R) winner Frances McDormand and Oscar(R) nominee Richard Jenkins star in this drama which spans 25 years and focuses on the middle-school math teacher and her relationships with her good-hearted husband Henry (Jenkins), their son Christopher, and other denizens in a community wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy. Co-starring Bill Murray, John Gallagher Jr., Rosemarie DeWitt, Peter Mullan, Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, Ann Dowd, Brady Corbet. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko; teleplay by Jane Anderson, based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 1: Pharmacy||After Henry Kitteridge's assistant collapses outside the pharmacy he owns in Crosby, a small town in Maine, he brings on the young, wide-eyed Denise, who proves to be a breath of fresh air for him. Henry's wife Olive, a math teacher, and fellow teacher Jim O'Casey give Kevin Coulson, a shy, intelligent student whose mother Rachel is suffering from depression, a ride home from school - a decision that does not sit well with Olive's son Christopher. After convincing his wife to cook dinner for Denise and her husband, Henry goes on a hunting trip, which ends tragically. A few weeks later, Olive experiences a tragedy of her own.||1:05:41||$4.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 2: Incoming Tide||Now in his 20s, Kevin returns to Maine on a dark mission and is corralled by Olive while sitting in his car. Sensing that Kevin is not doing well emotionally, Olive invites him to stay over, pressuring him to attend Christopher's rehearsal dinner that night. Kevin obliges, though his reunion with Christopher proves awkward. At the wedding, Olive, who is none too thrilled with Christopher's bride, has a disagreement with the bride's mother Joyce and, after alarming the flower girl, retreats alone to the bride and groom's upstairs bedroom.||57:32||$4.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 3: A Different Road||After dinner with friends Bonnie and Harmon, Olive and Henry make a pit stop that takes a chilling turn. In the aftermath, Christopher is rebuffed by Olive when he suggests she and Henry should get counseling. Eight months later, Henry's health takes a turn, and Christopher confronts his mother about constantly rebuking him as a child. Later, Olive recalls her surreal experience when paying a visit to Louise Larkin.||55:07||$4.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 4: Security||Olive goes to New York to visit Christopher, now living with his pregnant second wife Ann and her two young children. Put off by Ann's touchy-feely demeanor and an incident with her son Theodore, Olive abruptly announces she wants to return to Maine - setting off another fight with Christopher. On returning home, Olive receives bad news about Henry. Six months later, Olive comes upon Jack Kennison while out for a walk, and the pair develop an unlikely bond.||1:02:07||$4.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoImpressions of Olive||Frances McDormand opens up on playing the title character in the HBO Miniseries 'Olive Kitteridge.'||1:36||Free||View in iTunes|
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Frances McDormand is superb in this! She truly captures the essence of the character, a woman who displays the dignity and integrity in life through her every action. She is so inspiring in how she just does her own thang and is so at peace with who she is. Through her story we see the remarkable, resilient nature of human life and how the seemingly mundane everyday can eventually become something so much bigger, so much better than all of us.
Kept my interest!
I very much liked the book, and didn’t think the film came up to the same standard, but it had wonderful places, and I enjoyed it.
Francis McDormand was more than a bit over the top — not the Olive I related to in the book —
I do like to watch McDormand work, however, always do. She’s daring, creative, and unpredictable.
Richard Jenkins, as Olive’s husband, and Bill Murray, brought in toward the end to leave us hanging, were both excellent and thought-provoking.