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Fidelity may be a buttress of marriage, but it is sometimes a burden on film adaptations. The Hollywood version compressed the Depression-era drama into a soapy s murder mystery. Mildred Pierce is a housewife in Glendale, Calif. Her husband, a failed real estate developer, walks out, leaving Mildred a grass widow with no income besides the money she makes baking pies for neighbors. The music and the rich cinematography also do justice to the era, and exacting attention is paid to the smallest period details, from the thick, mottled window panes in a Spanish-style bungalow to the square stop signs on two-lane roads to the beach.
Adapted from James M. It is the second adaptation of the novel, after the film noir produced by Warner Bros. Mildred Pierce depicts an overprotective, self-sacrificing mother during the Great Depression who finds herself separated from her husband, opening a restaurant of her own and falling in love with a man, all the while trying to earn her spoiled , narcissistic elder daughter's love and respect. Mildred Pierce received generally favorable reviews. At Metacritic , which assigns a weighted mean rating out of to reviews from mainstream critics, the film currently holds an average score of 69, based on 28 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". Cain's novel", it did not "make the most of the mythic clash of mother, lover and ungrateful child", and was "not nearly as satisfying as the film noir". Novelist Stephen King , reviewing Mildred Pierce for The Daily Beast and Newsweek , praised the acting of Winslet, Pearce and Wood, and admired the show's attention to detail and structure,  but complained that the five-hour adaptation was "too damn long".