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- Three extended scenes
- Interviews with Aidan Quinn, Maggie Greenwald, David Mansfield, Janet McTeer, and Dolly Parton
- Music-only track
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The year is 1907, and the highly independent and intelligent Dr. Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer), a noted musicologist, has once again been passed over for promotion by the college at which she teaches. Angry, she decides to pull up stakes and go to visit her sister, Elna (Jane Adams), who is one of two women teaching at a settlement school in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.
When Janet arrives, she hears one of her sister's helpers, Deladis (Emma Rossum), singing an old folk song that she recognizes. It is being sung in a way that she has never before heard it sung. Upon discovering that the song was handed down generationally in this insular community, she realizes that she may actually be hearing the song as it may originally have been intended to be sung. Excited by her discovery, she sets about capturing as many songs as she can from these fiercely proud, mountain people. In effect, she is memorializing a rich, oral, musical history.
Her project takes Janet on a voyage of self-discovery, both personal and professional. Along the way, she becomes immersed in the the lives and traditions of these mountain people, realizing what an integral part music plays in their lives. While poor in terms of creature comforts and leading a harsh, hardscrabble sort of life, these mountain folks have a culturally rich, oral tradition and are a veritable treasure trove of old songs.Read more ›
Note to the reviewer who was worried about a misinterpretation of "O Death:" as a first time watcher (and listener: I've never heard the song before), my impression of the song matched yours. I didn't notice the movie slanting its meaning.
Too bad. It is a great film that captures the feel, the people, and the music of appalachia. I was born there and this film is right on the mark.
In addition to McTeer, the marvelous Pat Carroll plays a grannie midwife who is a repository for a bazillion "songs," Aidan Quinn plays the love interest who is the bridge between the hill people and the "outsiders," and lovely Emmy Rossum, who has grown up a bit since this movie was filmed and now has the lead in Phantom of the Opera.
2000 Sundance Film Festival winner of a special juried prize for outstanding ensemble performance.
Absolutely do not miss this film - and buy the soundtrack.
The music -- for me -- was the highlight of the film. So many wonderful songs of the South and the Southern mountains -- music that brings tears to my eyes.
Please do view the film -- you won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
genuibe appreciation of the music and the mountains--worth the effortPublished 16 hours ago by thomas metcalfe kolar
Arrived early. A wonderful movie. If you like music, this is a must.Published 8 days ago by Nancy J. Zupan
My husband and I have loved this movie for a very long time. He also was a "songcatcher" when he was doing graduate field work up in northern Wisconsin for his Master's... Read morePublished 11 days ago by christina laronge
I really enjoyed the movie. As a person with a family history rooted in the area where this
movie suggested, it was an interesting piece
Aiden Quinn gives us a solid, understated performance, and Janet McTeer is okay (except in her bug-eyed close-ups). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arthur Frame
I sure like this movie. I love the focus on music with European roots.Published 1 month ago by Alan B. Hunter
Came here for the story of the music, enjoyed the quality of the video and audio - did not expect to be ambushed with politics which really distracted from my enjoyment of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marie