The 2014 movie, “Cake,” is a 102-minute dark comedy by Cinelou Films that was directed by Daniel Barnz and written by Patrick Tobin. Filmed in Eagle Rock, California during 2014 on an estimated budget estimated between $7 and $10 million. The film stars Jennifer Aniston as Claire Bennett, a woman who is taking part in a chronic pain support group headed by Annette, played by Felicity Huffman. After a woman in the group, played by Anna Kendrick, commits suicide, Claire begins to have hallucinations involving the deceased woman, and befriends her widower, played by Sam Worthington.
During the course of discovering details about the suicide, Claire is forced to battle with issues that have negatively affected her life, mainly an addiction to pain-killers caused by a major accident that injured her and killed her only child. Also playing a key role as Simmons’ housekeeper is Adriana Barraza, who serves as Claire’s only confidante, since her problems, which include an estranged husband, have made her a loner. Eventually, after her dealings with the widower and his son, Claire comes to realize that wallowing in pain does no one any good.
After debuting at the Toronto Film Festival, the film was released to select cities in December 2014, and will be released on January 23, 2015. Aniston was nominated for Best Actress by Golden Globe award, but was not selected among the Academy Award nominees. Aniston lost out to Julianne Moore at the Golden Globes. It’s likely to be released on Netflix sometime during the latter portion of Spring 2015.