I have been a Todd Haynes fan since 1991’s “Poison.” I eagerly await the release of his new movies. And his upcoming film “May December” belongs as one of his best. Loosely inspired by the Mary Kay Letourneau case that gripped the nation, Julianne Moore (Gracie Atherton-Yoo) plays the older woman who falls in love with a much younger boy Joe Yoo played by Charles Melton. Natalie Portman plays Elizabeth Berry, an actress doing research for the upcoming film version of the scandal.
“May December” is funny, sad, and heartfelt with complex characters that will stay with you long after you’ve left the cinema.
From a story and screenplay by first-time screenwriter Samy Burch, “May December” should be on your must-see list.
“May December” is being released by Netflix in select theaters on November 17 and streaming on December 1.
I spent some time with Haynes at the New York Film Festival to talk about “May December,” his inspiration, and using campy humor.
Samy Burch considers herself very lucky. Her first script is now a Todd Haynes film starring Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, and Charles Melton. So when I asked her how it feels to see her written word on the big screen, Burch was almost speechless. I’m so happy for passionate folks seeing their passion translate for all of us to enjoy.
“May December” arrives in theaters on November 17 and on Netflix December 1.