Can You Ever Forgive Me? drops you off at its end with a massive sense of ambivalence. Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) really is asking for forgiveness, and in the literary world, as well as the rest of society, she’s done something rotten. She’s forged and sold letters which she’s attributed to famous literary figures – Dorothy Parker, Noel Coward, William Faulkner, the actress Louise Brooks, and others. Before she’s caught, Israel makes a pretty good living on her scheme. But the issue goes deeper than forged literary curiosities; forgery undercuts the trust that societies need to function.