The Undoing

Wealthy Manhattanites traipse around the Upper East Side in this David E. Kelley HBO drama, attending luxurious fundraisers in designer clothes and walking their precocious tweens to astronomically priced private schools. That’s until a young mother, Elena Alves (Matilda De Angelis), whose son Miguel (Edan Alexander) is a scholarship student at prestigious Reardon, is brutally murdered and scrutiny is turned onto everyone she knew.

The show’s lead, psychiatrist Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman), was one of the last people to see her alive and their brief encounter play tricks on her mind. As her husband Jonathan, an ever painfully charming Hugh Grant, comes under scrutiny and skeletons start falling out of closets, life as Grace knows it starts to unravel. In high society where appearances are as important as a good family name, she is left with few people to rely on other than her lawyer best friend Sylvia (Lily Rabe) and her father Franklin Reinhardt, played by Saint-John, New Brunswick’s Donald Sutherland, whose perfectly coiffed white hair alone could rule New York’s elite. With a media circus and criminal investigation picking apart everything Grace held to be true in her life, it remains clear that we’re not done doubting the accounts and perspectives of women.

Review by Caitlin Stall-Paquet





Canadian connection

Starring Donald Sutherland