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Director: Peter Sollett
Starring: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page

Based on a true story Freeheld is a tear jerker starring Julianne Moore fresh from her Academy Award winning role in Still Alice, and Ellen Page (Inception and Juno), whose combined emotionally draining performances will reduce audiences to tears.

Laurel Hester (Moore), a detective at the Ocean County Police in New Jersey for 23 years meets mechanic Stacie Andree (Page), a significantly younger lady. They soon fall in love and move in together, dreaming of the day they can legally wed.

Laurel succumbs to terminal lung cancer and wants her pension awarded to Stacie after her death, as it would to a heterosexual detective’s husband or wife. New Jersey counties are permitted by law to award pensions to domestic partners, but the local board reject her claim on the basis of her sexual orientation, hence bureaucracy disallowing her final wish.

Page's portrayal of Stacie is effective, but her casting opposite Moore is questionable, as her seemingly 17 something-in-looks youthfulness and their considerable age difference reduces the validity of the story. Regardless, memorable and powerful Oscar nomination worthy performances from both actresses will arrest and possibly distress audiences.

Steve Carell provides welcoming comic relief as a gay Jewish activist for same sex marriage, so comical in fact that his characterization and previous association with comedy films inadvertently detracts and causes the film to lose vital credibility.

Obviously choreographed court scenes seem contrived & also detract somewhat.This film about a brave lady who was robbed of her rights from the same justice system she fought to uphold, also showcases the inequality & sexual discrimination in the police force.
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