Shy People

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Shy People ★★★ 1987 (R)

An urbanized New York journalist and her spoiled daughter journey to the Louisiana bayou to visit longlost relatives in order to produce an article for “Cosmopolitan.” They find ignorance, madness, and ancestral secrets and are forced to examine their motives, their relationships and issues brought to light in the watery, murky, fantastic land of the bayous. Wellacted melodrama with an outstanding performance by Hershey as the cajun matriarch. 119m/C VHS . Edward (Eddie) Bunker, Jill Clayburgh, Barbara Hershey, Martha Plimpton, Mare Winningham, Merritt Butrick, John Philbin, Don Swayze, Pruitt Taylor Vince; D: Andrei Konchalovsky; W: Gerard Brach, Marjorie David; C: Chris Menges; M: Tangerine Dream. Cannes '87: Actress (Hershey).