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Ben (Hoffman) and Jo (Surandon) have just lost their only child, Diane, who was tragically shot in a diner. She was to be married to Joe (Gyllenhaal), who ends up staying with Ben and Jo because he has secrets that force him to believe it's the right thing to do. Then Joe meets a girl named Bertie, who helps him fish out his wedding invitations at the post office. Joe is attracted to Bertie, but he also doesn't want to hurt anyone.
The movie is a little slow, but I'm forgiving when a movie turns out to be so incredible. There were points in the movie when I had a hard time watching, just because it brings forth memories in my life which are sad, but unforgettable. As sad as I may have gotten while watching this movie, it makes me not want to forget.
I highly recommend this movie. You're getting alot out of this one movie, a great cast, great script, great direction... Definitely check it out!
Although I have read reviews that perhaps Jake Gyllenhaal is not the ideal actor for this role, I truly thought he brought a great deal to Joe's character. Perhaps seeing him in a similarly morose roll in "The Good Girl" (the characters are very different, but the sort of intraverted-quiet-guy theme is similar) may have made me question his range as an actor, but I won't hold it against him.
Overall, one of the better movies exploring human nature, greiving, and a look at what we are willing to sacrifice for love, friendship and family. I also have to add that the choice of music fitting the 70's was great. It doesn't overpower the script, but it compliments it very well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful acting but plot not so much. The love connection is completely unbelievable -- I was wondering if they were trying to make a sly Mrs. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Grayduck
Ever try to emotionally end a relationship with someone who just left? Either death, abandonment, disappeared...whatever. It's not so easy and this film shows why. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. Perry
I adore this movie. Not only are the characters compelling, but the story is unique and heart-wrenching. And the soundtrack is killer! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer