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USA, summer of 1969. Man is about to walk on the moon, the Vietnam War is breaking out, and there is the great concert in Woodstock. In a holiday camp for Jewish families not far from Woodstock, Alison and her family are on vacation. Pearl, the mother is young and attractive, but defeated by life, having become pregnant on her first loving relationship, forgetting her dreams to devote herself to her children. Marty, the father is absent because he is busily occupied by the television company broadcasting the moon landing. One day a charming salesman arrives at the camp, selling clothes and knick-knacks. He lives an intense life of love and passion, culminating in an escape to Woodstock with Alison, where events have a deep impact. Written by
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Apparently I screened the very same working print in Santa Monica, and perhaps the gentleman confused a mechanical soundtrack problem in the first reel with a bad movie. While there were a few script problems, the direction was fine, and the performances uniformly spectacular. Diane Lane's finest work. Anna Pacquin was a gem. Liev Screiber delivered a perfectly controlled and nuanced performance as a man struggling under difficult circumstances. Viggo Mortensen was fine as the hippie blouse man. Have you forgotten the sixties? He was a time capsule of the generation. I felt the film started out trying a little too hard, with artificially created moments to identify the era, but then it took on a life of its own. Women don't stray because of monumental events, rather as perfectly captured by Lane, because of a years-long accumulation of small events, of missed opportunities, of incomplete communication, exactly as she did here. All men who've caught their wives cheating don't slap them around and leave. Some struggle and forgive, exactly as happens here. Not a perfect film, but of the dozens and dozens I've seen at the AFM, it was among the top handful. No doubt Miramax won't have nearly as much faith in it as they did in Paquin's other offering, the miserable She's All That. Her fans will do themselves a disservice to see her only in the teen dreck and miss this little gem.
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