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Oscar winner Holly Hunter gets behind the wheel in this absorbing story of a woman looking to make her life right. Written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann (Motherhood), Strange Weather draws you into its sultry Southern milieu and takes you on a back-roads trek you won’t soon forget. Darcy Baylor is an academic administrator at a Georgia college, but another round of budget cuts puts her job—like most everything in her life—in limbo. Her son Walker committed suicide seven years ago, and the only constants in Darcy’s life since then have been her gardening and her best friend, Byrd (Carrie Coon in a terrific performance). Darcy learns that Walker’s old college pal Mark is now the owner of a successful restaurant chain—a chain whose concept, down to the last detail, was stolen from Walker. Darcy immediately packs her bag, gets in her truck, picks up Byrd, and sets out for New Orleans to pay Mark a visit. She isn’t sure what she’s going to do when she meets him. “I just want to look him in the eye,” says Darcy. “Then I’ll decide. I was never one for planning.” Strange Weather is about the journey as much as the destination. Its circuitous route allows for surprise encounters and sudden detours and for humor as well as drama. Every stop along the way brings Darcy closer to some new understanding of how to come to terms with the past — and, even though she’s headed in the other direction, closer to home.