DIRECTOR: Albert Alarr
2017 | USA | 80m
To the surprise of soap opera fans, longtime star Lainey Allen (Crystal Chappell) has retired to her California beach house at a relatively young age. Sure, up-and-coming actors are getting bigger parts, but could there be other reasons for her decision?
It’s not long before her younger partner Eva (Jessica Leccia) realizes something’s not quite right. A medical diagnosis confirms it: Lainey is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Even though there is no doubt about the eventual outcome, the journey these two women take is beautifully told.
Chappell and Leccia have great chemistry, not surprising since the real-life actors have starred in several soaps — Chappell in Days of Our Lives, Leccia in One Life to Live, and together as a lesbian couple on Guiding Light.
A Million Happy Nows is a heartfelt story about losing old memories and creating new ones. You won’t weep just for the loss of the loved one, but also for the one left behind.