Colin Farrell and Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek star in the story of two young men--best friends and former teenaged lovers--who fall in love with the same woman and find A Home at the End of the World. In suburban Cleveland of the 1960s and '70s, lonely, introspective, insecure Jonathan (Dallas Roberts) and hip, dark, inarticulate Bobby (Farrell) were more than best friends. As young adults, Jonathan has been living as an openly gay man in New York's Greenwich Village and plans to serve as the father for his pregnant friend, Clare's (Robin Wright Penn), child. Now, the straight, charismatic slacker Bobby moves to New York, renews his friendship with Jonathan--and falls in love with Clare. And, with the help of Jonathan's mother (Spacek), these three people bound together by love must find a way to become a family.]]>
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Written and adapted by the author of "The Hours," Michael Cunningham, "World" centers on a romantic triangle between Bobby Morrow (Colin Farrell), his childhood friend Jonathan Glover (Dallas Roberts), and a free-spirited older woman named Clare (Robin Wright Penn).
The film could have gotten caught up in its storyline, but chooses instead to focus on the complexity of the relationships between the characters. That's why it works. The characters, each played with sincerity and depth of conviction, are so compelling that the film becomes like a character study in friendship, family and love. All of the actors in the film turn in exquisite performances. But, it's Farrell's astonishing portrayal of Bobby that stands out.
Similar to Charlise Theron's portrayal in "Monster," though not as risky, Farrell breaks free from his stereotypical roles for this film. Nearly unrecognizable as the soft-spoken Bobby, Farrell proves he has more to offer audiences than his usual two-dimensional portrayals in films such as "Phone Booth" and "S.W.A.T." In fact, this film is all about breaking stereotypes. That is its appeal. In a way, the film uniqueness makes its common themes stand out more because it proves that family, just like people, comes in all shapes and sizes.
The DVD extras include the trailer and a segment called The Journey Home, which includes interviews with the director and the actors. Farrell is surprisingly absent from the segment, but the others talk candidly about their love for the characters and the deep emotions that are expressed through the work.
Bobby is marked by death and ends up a young teenager with no family at all. He is adopted by the family of his best friend, Jonathan, with whom he had had some physical contact like most boys do. Their closeness can grow little by little but the two young men are so different that there is a chasm between their desire for mutual love.
Bobby remains with his adoptive family and becomes a baker. Jonathan moves to New York to study at first but on the wrong motivation actually. His main character is that of a shy person who runs away as soon as someone has the slightest ever glimpse on his deeper and private life he wants to keep a secret. He is phenomenally in love with Bobby but cannot admit it in public. He ran when his own mother discovered the two of them on the point of kissing and a little bit more in their car. The mother would not even have protested but Jonathan got scared.
When Bobby's adoptive family decides to move to Arizona in their older age Bobby asks Jonathan if he can join him in New York. Jonathan adores the idea and invites him over and there Bobby discovers Clare, the woman Jonathan is in love with and who is in love with him. Her only dream, after her divorce, is to get a child. So they start a ménage-à-trois and it could work well provided Jonathan accepted the idea of having a love relation with Bobby under Clare's accepting eye.
The rest will be your discovery as for the details.
But the film is very surprising and very sad in many ways. Clare will eventually leave with the daughter Rebecca one day insistently asking the father of the child if he wants to come along.Read more ›
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Great film, great story. Proof that love, family and friends come in all flavors. Sad, but happy at the same time.Published 28 days ago by Mike
This sweet film reminds one of Threesome (1994), in which two men (Josh Charles and Stephen Baldwin) find themselves in a roommate situation with one woman (Lara Flynn Boyle), and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas Ormsby
When does friendship end and love begins?does love ever end? I was so moved by this film I had to watch it many times in a row.and I'm a four Hankie crier too. Read morePublished 6 months ago by buckie
Great! Again very impressed it came a lot quicker than expected! Had never seen it before so was really excited about it and I was pleased to see the quality was just as good as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by De'Marquis Mosley
liked the characters so much that I bought and read the book. Also a good read.Published 8 months ago by Megan Orr
Colin Farrell is a super actor that is very believable in his roles. This is a touching and well made movie.Published 9 months ago by Roddy Moody
Great movie, super script and the acting is just superb. This is a must see in my book.Published 9 months ago by Mark S