Director Todd Haynes first read the James M. Cain novel in late 2008 at the recommendation of his friend, screenwriter and novelist Jon Raymond. As Haynes immersed himself in the tale of a single mother during the Depression years, the world outside seemed to mirror Mildred's plight as the financial markets suddenly tumbled, impacting political and cultural sectors globally. The timing convinced Haynes that Mildred's story would resonate with today's viewers.
"MILDRED PIERCE is set during the Depression, but not the Depression of dustbowls and breadlines," explains Haynes. "The crises it explores are those of middle-class privilege – issues of pride and status, the struggle first to regain one's standing and then to persevere through hard work and ingenuity. This feels very much like the particular struggles of our current economic crisis, coming out of a period of unbridled consumption."
Cast: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo, James LeGros
Screenplay: Todd Haynes, Jon Raymond
Director of Photography: Ed Lachman
Film Editor: Affonso Goncalves, Camilla Toniolo
Composer: Carter Burwell
Production Designer: Mark Friedberg
Costume Design: Ann Roth
Sound: Mark Goodermote
Producer: Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, John Wells, Pamela Koffler
Production Company: Home Box Office (HBO)
World Sales: HBO Films London
Distributor: Turner Broadcasting System Deutschland GmbH
Director: Todd Haynes