Demi Moore stars in low-budget family drama

Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:53am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

BERLIN (Reuters) - Actress Demi Moore leaves big-budget Hollywood behind in family comedy "Happy Tears," in which she plays a woman struggling to provide for her own family while caring for a senile father.

Parker Posey takes on the central role of her naive and spoiled sister, who is reluctant to leave behind her comfortable life in San Francisco to share the burden of coping with the onset of her father's dementia.

The sisters clash as Jayne (Posey) clings to her rose-tinted view of her father while Laura (Moore) drums the truth into her about what Joe was really like as a father and a husband.

Rip Torn is cast as the cantankerous and increasingly erratic father who, though in his 70s, has a much younger lover played by Ellen Barkin.

He is funny, foul-mouthed, incontinent and stubborn, and Torn described how he was directed in the part of Joe:

"Hey buddy, don't you think it's about time you played yourself a little bit?" he told reporters in Berlin after a press screening of the movie.

"And that's what I tried to do, and look where it got me."

Directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein, Happy Tears has its world premiere at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday, where it is in the main competition. The festival ends on Saturday.   Continued...

<p>Actress Demi Moore poses during a photocall to promote the movie 'Happy Tears' at the 59th Berlinale film festival in Berlin, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele</p>