Wildflower (1991 TV Movie)
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Perhaps I have been alone too long. Or perhaps - over-educated and right after yet another vicious superpower vs. small nation war, with the subsequent revelations of bestial cruelty - I am still surprised by humankind's inhumanity to humankind.
But there are pinpricks of light out there, somewhere. And with that thought, Humankind still has, at the very least, some hope...
Get the hankies ready if you are in an emotional mood. If you are of a cynical cold hearted disposition then this won't be to your liking.
I was only about 11 or 12 when I saw this film on TV. I watched it several times, though, because my mom taped it. I didn't quite understand WHY I liked the movie so much, except that the actors all have great chemistry. Though I must've felt it then, I was too young to realize the deeply sensual and subtle eroticism the plot rested on. It is also nonetheless a very heartfelt and coming-of-age film.
I have been a fan of Patricia Arquettes for quite sometime, so may be biased, however I found her performance quite possibly one of her best in her career- alongside True Romance, Beyond Rangoon and Boyhood. If one had not known of her before, it could easily be believed she was actually deaf. Her ability and shear brilliance with portraying this character leaves me in awe. Why no one ever remembers this performance when they question this woman's acting ability is beyond me.
Anyway, the film follows two siblings who seek to help a young girl whose deaf fit into society. The themes of friendship, family, loyalty and love make for a heartbreaking yet memorable film. A lot can be learned from this film, and I think children should see it as its a great lesson in being kind, opening your heart and the evilness that comes with bulling.
I give this a 10/10 because of the acting, directing, and brilliant story. A must see. A film truly lost in time.
There are two understandable problems in this otherwise very touching movie with great actors. The first problem is the novice directing from Diane Keaton. This is a washed out looking uninspired visually movie. It's not unexpected, but it's still disappointing nonetheless. The second problem is the performance or overacting from Patricia Arquette. She reminds me of Nell (Jodie Foster). It's a hard balance to strike. It's always said that drunk acting is the hardest. This is probably a close second. It'd be better if she was more reserved. All the flailing just seems too much. Also she's got a great haircut for somebody living in a shed.
The good points are the acting. Standout from this is Reese Witherspoon. Beau Bridges and William McNamara are both great. It's a touching story. It's nice to see Alice grow as a character instead of just constantly be a victim. With more skills behind the camera, this could have been a much better film.