A Private Matter (1992)

A great example of the surprising strengths of made-for-television movies, 1992’s “A Private Matter” is blessed by a typically terrific performance by Sissy Spacek, as well as a truly fascinating true-life story: While hosting the children’s program “Romper Room,” a pregnant Sherri Finkbine discovers her unborn child will likely suffer from malformation, and her decision to even consider an abortion has a domino impact on her career and family life. Like most television movies it doesn’t have time for subtlety or nuance, but luckily Spacek can do wonders with even the most abrupt lines, and elevates what could have been a rushed examination of women’s choices in the 1960s into a contemporaneously relevant treaty on personal agency.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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