Anora Fleece (Laura Harring) is a dowdy wife and mother of two. Her abusive marriage to Cheb (Oded Fehr) is nothing like what she imagined it would be so as a result, Anora spends a lot of her time in daydreams. Not only does her husband yell at and hit her, but because he does it in front of their children Tabby (Ashley Duggan Smith) and Little Pete (Christopher Newhouse), who so desperately want to stay in his good graces, Anora’s children also participate in their own brands of abuse against her. Tabby is cold, rude, and spiteful, while Little Pete, regularly a victim of his father, regularly engages in teasing and belittling his mother in order to spare himself.
Anora is depleted in every possible way, all colour drained from her life, until she meets Imogene Cochran (Jill Marie Jones). Imogene is an independent saleswoman for Kathy K Cosmetics and exposes Anora to not only excellent makeup, but a much needed infusion of joy and compassion. While these two strike up a friendship, Little Pete, Tabby, and Cheb struggle with their own issues of sexual orientation, betrayal, and assault, respectively. When Cheb discovers that Imogene, whom he banned from his home, and Anora are more than friends, it sets off an unforeseen chain of events that lead Anora and her children to true freedom.
While most films about battered wives focus merely on how the husband treats the wife, Drool gives us a peak behind the curtain of Cheb’s mind, and we see some of the fuel that led to the fire of his abuse of his wife, situations beyond his control that he then in turn punished her for. We also see how domestic violence affects the children in the home, and how even those how are aware that their parent is an abuser can still love them in spite of it. More importantly, Drool doesn’t end when the abuse does. Rather, that’s where the movie truly begins, as we watch Anora fashion a life for herself that truly is everything that she’s ever dreamt of. Labeled a dark comedy, Drool is more accurately described as a slice of life; filled with pain, warmth, and a bit of laughter to keep ourselves from crying. This touching drama is charming, sincere, and definitely worth re-watching.
I give this one 4.25 stars.