Michael, a college student, visits his girlfriend Gabriella and her family for Christmas in Canada. When he gets there, she tells him that she doesn’t love him any more. Meanwhile, her family is exceedingly strange: her father is a writer who spends most of his time wandering the house nude. Her grandmother mistakes Michael for her dead husband. Her two sisters express interest in him. Granny escapes the hospital and heads back to her home in the woods, and the family chases after her, and Michael is kept reeling.
Some Girls is a 1988 American coming-of-age comedy drama film directed by Michael Hoffman and starring Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Connelly, Sheila Kelley, Lance Edwards, Lila Kedrova, Florinda Bolkan, Andre Gregory, Ashley Greenfield and Sanna Vraa.
Michael goes to Quebec City, Canada for Christmas at the request of his college girlfriend Gabriella, who left college in mid-semester. He arrives and is left waiting at the airport for hours. Gabriella (he calls her Gabi) eventually arrives to pick him up and explains that sometimes they just don’t answer their phone. He brushes off his frustration because he’s happy to see her.
When Michael arrives at the house and meets Gabi’s family, he finds them rather eccentric. Her father is wearing only a towel, but spends much of his time nude. He eventually explains that he is writing a treatise on Blaise Pascal and cannot write while dressed. The mother is a fiercely religious and very quiet woman. A Catholic priest named Father Walter, a close friend of the family, is also present. Michael also meets Gabi’s two energetic, beautiful, coquettish sisters Irenka and Simone, along with a handsome young handyman named Nick who is romantically involved with Irenka.
Although Michael enthusiastically attempts to join in the unusual habits of the family, he quickly learns that fitting in will be a challenge. The situation is complicated by the illness of Gabi’s grandmother, the matriarch of the family, and the reason why Gabi left school in the first place. Michael commits the apparently unforgivable gaffe of expressing his condolences to Gabi’s mother.
As soon as they have time alone, Gabi announces that she no longer loves him. His attempts to change her mind seem somewhat successful, but her fickleness continues to thwart him. In the meantime, he is seductively teased first by Irenka, then by Simone, all with Gabi’s apparent complicity. She appears to have a change of heart toward Michael, but then again decides that she doesn’t love him.
Gabi’s grandmother, known only as “Granny,” is in a care facility apparently suffering from senile dementia. Upon meeting Michael, she acts as if he is her long-dead husband, who was also named Michael. In an attempt to find her husband, she escapes from the hospital and goes to the country estate which they shared when they were first married.
The girls, Nick, and Michael frantically rush to the estate, hoping Granny hasn’t frozen in the cold. During their search, Michael gets lost in the woods and falls into a hole, unable to get out. He hears footsteps and finds it is Granny. She helps him out and they go back to the house, where Michael lights a fire and helps Granny out of her wet clothes. She then proceeds to talk to him as if he were her husband, and they form an unexpected bond.
Some Girls (1988)
Directed by: Michael Hoffman
Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Connelly, Sheila Kelley, Lance Edwards, Lila Kedrova, Florinda Bolkan, Andre Gregory, Ashley Greenfield, Sanna Vraa
Screenplay by: Rupert Walters
Production Design by: Eugenio Zanetti
Cinematography by: Ueli Steiger
Film Editing by: David Spiers
Costume Design by: Nicoletta Massone
Set Decoration by: Jean-Baptiste Tard
Art Direction by: Peter Paul Raubertas
Music by: James Newton Howard
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists
Release Date: September 9, 1988