Good Nurse: A Woman Writes a Memoir on the Life of Her Lover

Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne aim for utter authenticity in true-crime saga ‘Good Nurse’

In Good Nurse, a female writer struggles with the idea of writing a memoir on the life of her lover. Her son wants to read it, and her parents want to read it, too. The film is about the life of a nurse who is convicted of killing a patient she’d been caring for, but her son says he wants to read it. Does he?

We wanted to write this film to make a connection between the story we’re making and the story we’re telling. With Good Nurse we wanted to create a very human film about the experience of a young woman coming to terms with this sort of traumatic event. We weren’t looking for a conventional story, we didn’t seek to entertain anyone. We just wrote this film to make a connection between the story we’re making and the story we’re telling.

In Good Nurse, a female writer (Chastain) struggles with the idea of writing a memoir on the life of her lover (Redmayne) who was murdered. When the film premiered at Sundance, one critic wrote, “Good Nurse asks, with its opening sequence, what difference it would make had the boy not died? Or how did the mother’s love for her lover’s mother help her to cope with the loss of her son?”

Chastain told us she wasn’t surprised when the critics took to the film. “I didn’t see them as necessarily critical of it,” she said. “I think they are open to these kinds of questions. I don’t think they’re necessarily saying, ‘Why are you making this film?’ I think they’re saying, ‘Well, why are you making a film that explores this concept?'”

Chastain and Redmayne recently starred in a Broadway revival of Good Night, and Good Luck (about a man who gets lost in a crowd and gets killed), which also featured Chastain’s husband, Christopher Plummer.

Chastain, 51, said she is grateful for the chance to write about her story, but she wishes she could say she was writing this movie because she wanted the critics to

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