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Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking for a lake he remembers from his childhood. But his wandering takes him into the life of Kid, a free-spirited young man who helps Al escape from the routine of everyday life and find freedom to enjoy himself. Written by
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I suppose I have the right sex, the right age and the right background to absolutely love this movie. It is full of beautiful pictures, romantic and humorous scenes. The balance between dream and reality is aptly kept, the use of colour is deliberate and aesthetically sound (green and shades of blue predominate), the soundtrack is memorable and supports the pictures very well. Box of Moon Light has a pleasant slow pace, and all is well orchestrated into a good, coherent story and a single statement: You have to look for the poetic side of life wherever you are, in whatever situation you find yourself in.
All characters are three dimensional: John Turturro is simply brilliant (the quality of his performance here equals the one he gave in Quiz Show) as the conscientious, morally uptight middle class Mr. Everyman who is sent to a nowhere place in the rolling hills of Tennessee on a futile mission. Sam Rockwell is equally well cast in his role of a totally carefree present day Huckleberry Finn/Davy Crockett who rules supreme in his own little junk-kingdom. Catherine Keener was certainly never lovlier than here. She plays a shy girl from the backwoods and is surprisingly convincing in that role.
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