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For some two years, young James Neubauer (Trevor Morgan) has struggled with the loss of his mother, and a contrary attitude born of self-reproach has created a seemingly unbridgeable chasm between him and his father, Nathan (Roy Liotta), who is often away on business, and the relationship he has with his stepmother, Mary (Catherine McCormack), is tentative at best. His real problem, though, lies in the fact that he is simply unable to express the feelings of darkness that have since the accident encroached upon his soul. Of those around him, he seems able to relate only to Nathan's younger brother, his Uncle Charlie (Ron Livingston); it's something, but not nearly enough.
His life takes a turn, however, when circumstances bring him into contact with an eccentric old woman, Maddy Bennett (Vanessa Redgrave), who lives alone in an old house by the sea. Something from her past strikes a chord that produces a bond between them, and Maddy's insights into life and loss soon begin to have an effect on James.Read more ›
"Man Without a Face", and has a 'generational bridge' similar to that which "On Golden Pond" did so well.
It is about a young boy who becomes friends with a crabby old lady. Both the boy and the lady (played wonderfully by Vanessa Redgrave) have lost loved ones--- the boy having witnessed his mother's death in an accident only a few years before. It is a case of help from outside the family being more effective than help from within the family. I suspect that this would happen a lot more if we did not have to keep our kids away from all 'strangers'.
Both the boy and the old lady fill a special need for each other at one certain time in their lives. Unlike most films, there is really no one to hate in this one-- that in itself is rare. You actually wind up liking everyone in this movie-- or at least I did.
I would have done a different ending had I been the director-- the one used is not very subtle and was difficult for me to believe... not the basic intent of it, but the media it used. You will know what I mean if and when you see it.
The box said PG-13 and mentioned some 'brief drug references'??
HUH? The old lady won't take her medicine-- Geeze! Some very mild profanity.
A special treat in the film is the music!
I watched the VHS version, but by all means go for the DVD-- I was cheated out of 1/3 of all the scenes with the "fit to your screen" version.
I give it a "5" out of "5" with a few reservations. The technical guys should have asked a few ham radio operators about the way transmitters work (you have to have a receiver also!), and 'keys' don't make tones just by themselves. But all in all, a very good effort.
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What a rare jewel this movie is. Loved Redgrave's performance and the subject matter. Break out a tissue!Published 6 months ago by Genevra Eales
top of all time lists. Hope, faith, love, self actualization, frailty of human condition which always ends in death...yet
"There is no horror in death. Read more
Great Movie. I couldn't find it anywhere except at AmazonPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Vanessa Redgrave in this movie. I love the friendship that forms between these two, age doesn’t matter. It’s a wonderful story and the source of one of my favorite quotes.Published 10 months ago by D. Morris
Have a box of tissues handy for the tears of sadness and happiness. It's a wonderful story of discovery and healing. I find something new every time I watch it.Published 10 months ago by Novice gardener