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‘Save Me’: Anne Heche becomes enlightened

In “Save Me,” Anne Heche plays an Ohio housewife named Beth who wants to murder her husband as he lies sleeping. He has been cheating on her, but only because she has been such a totally awful, rage-filled, narcissistic person. Her teen daughter despises her, and so do her neighbors, who cringe when she tries to join them for lunch.

But Beth has a near death experience while drunkenly choking on a submarine sandwich, and when she comes to, she is a changed woman. Suddenly, she is a blessed sage, and she dumps all her bottles of booze down the drain and begins to parent her daughter. She helps a neighboring couple rediscover their sex life, and she promises her husband she has let go of her evil side. Occasionally, she receives secret-filled transmissions from the Big Man Upstairs, God, telling her details about her daughter’s relationship or other bits of information that she can use to help others. At one point, she decides that, yes, she is a prophet.

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