Run the Wild Fields
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Run the Wild Fields is set during WWII. Ruby Miller(Joanne Walley) and her daughter Pug(Alexa Vega)are awaiting the return of Frank(husband and father) from the Pacific battle front.
Three years go by and no word from Frank. Ruby and Pug's hopes for Frank's safe return, is all that have kept them going for three years. Then one day Pug happens across an injured and mysterious drifter named Tom Walker(Sean Patrick Flanery).
They help Tom recover from his wounds and in a series of events he ends up working on their farm.
Tom and Pug's relationship grows from Pug's insatiable curiosity about Tom's mysterious past...into a father daughter type of relationship. Also in the process Ruby and Tom form a wife and husband dynamic.
Throughout the movie, details of Tom's mysterious past gets leaked out.
Alas a letter from Frank arrives saying he is safe and on is way home. Beautiful and touching heart ache ensues...yet this movie leaves the viewer with a sense that every thing works out as it needs to.
Yes, things do happen, but not what you might expect. Maybe this particular story is a useful corrective, in its own way, to Adrian Lyne-style melodramatic excesseses, of which you certainly can't accuse the makers of this picture. Still the kid [Alex Vega] is pretty good, in what could've been a treacly, insuffrably sweet role. The adults are ok too.
a slight revision 9/2005: I first reviewed this in 2004. I saw RTWF a 2nd time recently, and it grows on you-- still no melodrama, but Joanne Whalley and Sean Patrick Flanery are better as the romantic leads than I first allowed for. Both performances have a sort of antidramatic calm about them-- as if the characters simply "are," and you have to go to them, watching perhaps a bit more intently for shadings and nuance than you might be accustomed to, participating in the unfolding of the narrative, as it were.
I guess, over the years, I've grown accustomed to allowing for that sort of minimalism in Asian and European pictures, but not American ones.
I have, at times, stumbled across gems of movies that receive far too little credit. For some reason, they are brushed aside in the film world, to make way for some garbage or another.
I saw this movie several years ago, probably on T.V. It won me over with its warmth, setting, characters, and story. It's a sweet, family movie that only needs a bowl of popcorn, and maybe a tissue or two.
Joanne Whalley is a timeless, stunning woman who commands the attention of the audience in her roles. I first saw her in Willow, and was happy to see that she's just as talented and lovely years later in this subtle love story. Sean Patrick Flannery is as good-a-looking man as you'll ever want to see as the hero of this flick. If his looks alone don't win you over, his character will. And then there is Miss Alexa Vega-- "Pug"--, the adorable, sassy daughter of Joanne Whalley's character. The atmosphere of this movie hangs in the air, trailing the onset of WWII with the foggy, tail end memories of the years during the Great Depression. And while it may not be the most mysterious, or pulse-racing film out there, it's a character driven story about the war-time home front that is more engaging and realistic than any car chaser with a weak storyline and weaker characterization.
The backbone of the movie may be found in the last two lines of the poem Pug is memorizing for school: "I could not love thee, Dear, so much / Loved I not honour more."
Honor, for most of the people in the movie, is about the war and the men in the war. They attend church, but they don't talk much about faithfulness, sin, and God's forgiveness. Only Ruby reaches out to Tom.
The story turns around Opal "Pug" Miller, who is ten years old as the story begins. An adult Pug looks back and acts as narrator, providing a framework for the story. Pug and her mother Ruby are memorable characters, but the cream of the movie is the drifter Tom. The shifting relationship between Ruby and Tom is fascinating.
[SPOILER:] Tom is gentle, secretive, loveable, admirable, in need of home, and in need of forgiveness without seeing where to find it.
There are a number of symbols in the movie. One works very well indeed, a few others much less; but that doesn't much matter. What matters is Pug, and her mother, and Tom, and honor.
[For more on the poem, see the Comment (which includes a spoiler) on this review.]
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Great family movie. I loved it. If you liked Little House and the Ingalls you will like this movie and the little girl named Pug.Published 4 months ago by Richard J. Caillier
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