Margaret is an inspirational American painter desperate to sell her unique artwork depicting women and children with outsize eyes. She takes to the glamorous North Beach in San Francisco in a bid to try and make some money selling on the street and it's there she meets the charming Walter Keane, who takes a strong interest in her talent. The pair marry and have a child named Susan, but things take a dramatic turn when Walter starts selling the paintings under his own name, claiming that art by women doesn't sell as well. While revelling in their luxury, Margaret starts to feel uneasy - despite her apparent dreams of success coming true. She decides enough is enough and takes Walter to court, insisting that she is the true creator of every single Big Eye painting. He's prepared to fight back, but just how far is she willing to go to prove the truth?
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After the uneventful setup, we see Sam at a party - laughing, drinking too much, maybe even fooling around with a good-looking man. What we don't see is that Sam lives with Anthony (Jeramy Guillory), a fey guy who keeps his cool at the party but lectures her the next morning about her shenanigans. All this leads to an eventual breakup, giving Sam a chance to move on out and sow her wild oats.
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