Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her her ambitious elder daughter, Veda.
The final two parts unfold in the late 1930s, when Mildred's booming business enables her to open a third restaurant in Laguna Beach, but her success also puts a strain on her relationship with the 17-year-old Veda (Evan Rachel Wood), who is busy working her way up the social ladder and blossoming, unbeknownst to her mother, as an opera singer.
In the first two parts of this five-part adaptation of James M. Cain's 1941 novel, Depression-era housewife Mildred Pierce (Kate Winslet) searches for work to maintain a middle-class lifestyle after her husband leaves her with two young daughters in Glendale, Cal. Cowritten and directed by Todd Haynes, it also features Melissa Leo
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