Arts > Prime movers

27 February 2014 | by Francine Stock

Prime movers

There’s a scene in the successful 2009 romantic comedy It’s Complicated in which the leading character, a divorced mother played by Meryl Streep, consults a cosmetic surgeon about her drooping eyelids. While he explains the procedure, all that slicing and wrenching, the camera stays on her increasingly horrified expression. It’s no great plot-spoiler that she decides against the eye-lift (although other eyebrow-raising behaviour follows). But then she is Meryl Streep, the most celebrated and nominated screen actress of her (probably any) generation. The tiniest move of a brow can play a million ways. Why would she mess with that? At 64, Meryl Streep remains supreme and is again this year among the Oscar nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Of the ­others, apa


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