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Check out Sedgwick and the Mississippi Scenery
9 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

This Eudora WElty story was set in the '30's or '40's of Mississippi and the director was Wiggins, Mississippi native Anthony Hererra. It is the story of a wife (Sedgwick) who feels her husband (Tubb) is ignoring her, but not in an adulterous way, so she leaves a note threatening suicide by jumping in the river.

The husband and his friend, Virgil (Tim Ransom), begin dragging the river for her body and uncover a large bounty of fish in the process, hence the title; the net they used.

Filmed in Mississippi, the lush countryside is spectacular in a way Hollywood could never recreate, from open fields to the river dragging to the dirt roads.

Other Mississippi films are "Oh, Brother, Where ARt Thou?" and "Intruder IN The Dust" as well as "Sounder" filmed in Louisiana. Close enough.

I thought the night scenes in "Intruder in The Dust" were more chilling than anything in "Blair Witch Project".

But back to "The Wide Net". The only hindrance is the husband's immediate leap from "My wife has jumped into the river" to "We have to drag the river." Apparently he has already given her up for being dead.

Still the quaint southern locale is only found in the south. I don't even think Texas has what the southern region has in buildings and flora. And how about our crickets? Again, only "Places in the Heart" which was in Texas, seemed to realize that bugs are prevalent in these climates.

But "The Wide Net" isn't a loser. Just don't see anyone ever getting to see this ETV program again.

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