Then She Found Me: Helen Hunt’s Directing Debut

Then She Found Me is co-written and directed by Oscar winning actress Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets).

The film also stars Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick.

Its rare to see such a smooth crossover from actor to director as that shown by Helen Hunt’s witty and emotionally resonant directorial debut.

It is rarer still for the director-actor in question to also collaborate on the screenwriting, co-produce and star in said film. With this engaging tale of a woman who finds herself facing a series of major changes in her life, Hunt has proven herself to be a gifted filmmaker.

Then She Found Me is a funny and moving story of April Epner (Helen Hunt), a New York school teacher and her very unlikely path towards personal fulfilment.

April goes through a midlife crisis when, in quick succession, her husband Ben (Matthew Broderick) leaves her, her adoptive mother dies and her real one Bernice (Bette Midler), an eccentric talk show host, materializes and turns her life upside down.

She also begins a courtship with Frank (Colin Firth), the father of one of her students. Then She Found Me, is about identity, connection, the meaning of betrayal and the happy accidents that ultimately define our lives.

The screenplay, written by Hunt, Vic Levin and Alice Arlen, draws on Elinor Lipman’s original novel.

Then She Found Me is a THINKFilm release, opening in May.

It is produced by Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler, Katie Roumel, Connie Tavel and Helen Hunt.