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By Alan Ng | April 11, 2020

After Paul confesses his estranged relationship to Gemma, Paul and Cathy immediately have a moment of intimacy…sex. Unfortunately, Xander is looking through the window at the entire act. Later, Xander finds a moment with Cathy and confesses his affection for her and pleads for her to help him lose his virginity.

Now this hole Cathy is digging for herself at her sister’s home is getting deeper and deeper. Out of revenge, Xander befriends daughter, Tara. Also, add Cathy’s husband Matthew and the long breaks from work and lying to Cathy about his whereabouts.

“…a beautiful film with an exciting and delightful performance from Wendi McLendon-Covey.”

You could describe Blush as a version of Real Housewives of your typical suburban neighborhood, instead of the expected rich and affluent. It presents a deadly serious and dramatic story, and I love it. Writer/director Debra Eisenstadt keeps her tale well-grounded. Wendi McLendon-Covey is not giving us the comedic performance we’re used to seeing from her. She has an opportunity to broaden her range as an actress, and she shines.

While Blush’s plot is about how Cathy gets herself out of this tangled intrigue, the story is about Cathy herself, and her dull life thus far. How this quiet life of hers left her directionless in life and vulnerable to go along with whatever comes her way, including marital affairs and the disruption of two families. What is uncovered is how her life thus far has left her alienated from her closest relationships and not just that of her immediate family.

Blush is a beautiful film with an exciting and delightful performance from Wendi McLendon-Covey. But Blush’s pure brilliance is found in its story from Debra Eisenstadt. On the surface, it’s about a woman and her mid-life crisis, but this crisis goes deep…real deep. By the end of the film, you won’t realize how deep you’ve gone.

Blush (2020)

Directed and Written: Debra Eisenstadt

Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Steve Little, Christine Woods, Kate Alberts, Graham Sibley, Catherine Curtin, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

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"…left her directionless in life and vulnerable..."

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