Searching for Debra Winger: David James
Sumeet Bal
March 12, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Reacting to an industry where creative opportunities for actresses over 40 are limited, Rosanna Arquette gives 34 mature stars a platform for speaking their minds. In her candid documentary Searching for Debra Winger, Arquette investigates what happens to women over ”a certain age” through interviews about getting older and balancing careers and personal lives: Jane Fonda explains her decision to give up acting and devote more time to her (since-ended) relationship with Ted Turner; Julia Ormond admits her fear of aging — ”when I look at my face, there’s a real sense of ‘and now I embark on a treacherous path.”’

The dialogue verges on sappy at times and the editing is choppy, but the discussion of universal women’s issues is articulate and frank. The wackiest tidbit, from Hollywood dropout Winger: During the ”Officer and a Gentleman” shoot, Paramount exec Don Simpson suggested a water-retention pill because he said Winger — then 23 — looked bloated on screen!

EXTRAS Commentary from director Arquette.

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