A Robert Altman
film, Cookie's Fortune
takes place in the small town of Holly Springs, Mississippi
. It's a simple, quiet place with peaceful, kind residents
. On the eve of Easter Sunday, pushy community theater director Camille Dixon and her shy sister Cora are shocked to find that their Aunt Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt
committed suicide. Terrified how this will reflect on the family name, Camille destroys Cookie's suicide note and convinces Cora to help her make it look like a robbery. Once the police are on the scene, their only suspect is Willis Richland, a well-liked local man who also happened to be Cookie's best friend. Everyone is convinced of Willis's innocence, including Cora's estranged daughter Emma who recently returned to town. A visiting investigator takes over the case and is determined to dig up some of the town's best-kept secrets. As Easter Sunday arrives and Camille's play opens, the truth comes out in ways that no one could have ever imagined.
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