September 30th, 2022 4:00 pm
Dir Michael Showalter, starring Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield
2 hours 6 minutes, 12A.
Tammy Faye Bakker’s preposterously made-up face and tarantula eyelashes were an icon for decades to right wing religious Americans, as she and her televangelist husband Jim Bakker siphoned millions of dollars in “pledges” from the faithful to fund their hilariously affluent lifestyle. And yet this film gives a complex, at times endearing portrait of a young woman who lost her way along with her natural face. It would have been easy to make Bakker out to be the cartoon figure the liberal press lampooned during her lifetime: this more sophisticated biography deserves credit (and its two Oscars) for not taking the easy route.
|The Eyes of Tammy Faye||£7.50|