Cinema: Sisters Under the Skin

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT Directed and Written by James L. Brooks

The movie begins with anxious, ferocious Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) clambering up over the side of her baby's crib and hurling herself on the tot, hysterically convinced that she has only seconds to administer the kiss of life to her darling Emma and save her from crib death. Naturally, all she does is disturb a healthy infant's sleep. From this scene it is obvious that Terms of Endearment is a comedy.

The story ends, some three decades later, with the same mother and daughter (played...

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