Norma Shearer received her second Oscar nomination for Lally Marlett in Their Own Desire.
Their Own Desire is a typical early talky melodrama that is a bit entertaining. A little too theatrical, but it's early melodrama, so if you go into this expecting some modern day take on storytelling, look elsewhere. The story follows a daughter whose father is divorcing (gasp) his wife and leaving her for another woman. She begins to hate men, until she takes a vacation where she falls in love with a man who ends up being the son of the woman her father left her family for.
She works so incredibly with the character - making her fascinating with her emotions.
At the top of her game, or just beginning? Norma Shearer proves herself very early, to have a great presence on the screen. She slides through the role with a cool and an ease that is amazing for a 1930 film - it's supposed to be controversial for it's time, but comes off as melodramatic. The only thing that holds it together is Norma's tough, yet vulnerable performance.