May December: True Stories and Imagined Drama

May December: True Stories and Imagined Drama

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

In Todd Hayes’ (Carol) latest drama May December, the subject of a decades-old tabloid scandal is portrayed by a famous actress.

Julianne Moore plays Gracie Atherton-Yoo, a 36-year-old woman who was caught having sex with Joe, a 13-year-old boy who worked at a pet store with her.

After having her first child from behind bars, Gracie lived with Joe (played by Charles Melton), who is now the same age as Gracie when they first met.

Joe and Gracie have three children together and are settling into quiet suburban life when Elizabeth Berry (played by Natalie Portman) arrives.

Elizabeth wants to study her subject and her action disturbs the couple’s life. May December is inspired by the Mary Kay Letourneau scandal of the late-1990s.

Letourneau was a 34-year-old teacher who initiated a sexual relationship with Vili Fualaau, her 12-year-old student.

After a nine-month affair, Letourneau was arrested due to two counts of second-degree child rape.

Letourneau gave birth to her first child in 1997, they even had a second child together in 1998, while she served a 7.5-year jail sentence.

They married in 2005 when Fualaau was 21 and remained married until 2019.

However, Haynes explained he tried to ignore the similarities between his film and the real-life scandal when directed May December.

The movie is streaming now on Netflix.

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