Her Four Virtues is a 2010 American Drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont starring Naomi Watts, Bradley Cooper, James Marsden, Chace Crawford, Skylar Astin, Taylor Momsen, Ty Simpkins and Morgan Freeman.
The film secured the Palm D'Or nomination for Best Drama and earned a Satellite and Saturn Award for Watts for Best Leading Actress: Drama.
The film was first screened at the Philadelphia Convention Centre as part of the pre-midnight screening on March 24th, 2010 and was then given a limited but widely successful theatrical release.
The film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray format on Septemberr 14th, 2010.
The film was hailed by Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert, Empire Magazine and Rolling Stones' Peter Travers as one of the best drama films of the past decade of the 2000's crossing over into the 2010's and one set for critical acclaim and study.
The film was shot in Philadelphia on a course schedule and came to land central actor Astin and actress Momsen in following films as part of the recommendation of head actress Watts and director Darabont.
Watts served as a producer and advertising executive on the film quoting it's incredibly tenacity and raw emotional power and served as a casting agent overseeing with director Darabont and casting director Carly McGrath the auditions.
Watts' powerful lead performance as the struggling Kristen Leroy was conceived by Darabont with exactly her in mind and as was Bradley Cooper's character Johnny Petrie.
An alcoholic and passive aggressive Philadelphia woman is put in charge of raising her sister's four incredibly troubled kids after her and the father pass in a tragic accident involving a bridge accident.
She comes to have the care of three adolescents and her young 12 year nephew.
She comes to clean up her act in an attempt reach through to them but finds herself shut out them and also in emotional turmoil with a disaproving community out to ensure she loses custody of her three nephews and niece, a disapproving school faculty (apart from a single teacher who can empthazize with the troubled woman).
Things become further complicated as Kristen (Watts) the black marked guardian comes to attract a handsome advertising agent who starts up at the work she puts herself into: Johnny Petrie (Bradley Cooper).
Kristen then devises to take each of her individual new kids one at a time with their respective problems and personal issues in need of consoling.
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