The Ballad of the Sad Cafe is a 1991 Southern Gothic film starring Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine, and Cork Hubbert. The film is based on a play by pulitzer-prize winning playwright and author Edward Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Simon Callow directs. The film centers around a woman named Miss Amelia (Vanessa Redgrave) who owns a cafe in a small, backwards town in Georgia. She is the metaphorical anchor of the town she lives in - her opinions, which are always voiced, are valued by all the townspeople - and her cafe thrives among the locals. All of that changes when an ex husband named Marvin (Keith Carradine) and an estranged hunchbacked cousin named Lymon (Cork Hubbert) pay Alice a surprise visit. Things get hairy when they threaten to divulge dark, incriminating secrets about her past. The cafe, a symbol of Alice, begins to collapse under new order. A beautiful sad film which takes place in the old south.