Television: It's Les-bien

Women without men in a satisfying Walls sequel

Like its 1996 predecessor, HBO's If These Walls Could Talk 2 (various dates in March) takes a high-concept approach--three stories set in one house in three decades--to a high-profile issue: in the first, abortion; here, lesbianism. (Walls 3 will no doubt treat health-care reform.) Like its forebear, this uneven but worthwhile film is less about sex than its aftermath. In "1961," Vanessa Redgrave, whose lover of 50 years has died, meets the woman's nephew, arrived to dispose of the house he's inherited and clueless about the lifestyle of his "maiden aunt." Redgrave deftly sketches the quiet hell of a woman unable...

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