Tuesday, August 08, 2006
This is an old movie--so old that its star, Robert Duvall, had hair in it. But it's one of the most moving movies I have ever seen, and I've seen it more than three times. It's a simple story, but it's one of the most moving depictions of love. The protagonist, Jackson Fentry, doesn't say much, but he loves deeply and truly.
The screenplay is by Horton Foote (TENDER MERCIES), and it's wonderful. Don't be put off by the apparently slow pace and the black and white film . . . it's worth every minute.
I'll warn you, though--keep the tissues handy. And especially if you are a foster or adoptive parent, be prepared to have your emotions stirred with an industrial mixer.
Tomorrow. Netflix or rent it today.