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This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story. Jones here is portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero and now successful author who obviously drinks too much and is starting to experience health problems. Living in France with his wife, daughter, and an adopted son, the family travels an unconventional road that leaves all of them as outsiders to others. Preaching a sexual freedom, his daughter's sexual acceptance begins at an early age and betrays her when the family moves to Hanover in America. Her sexuality is definitely not the normal for American teens and gives her a bad reputation and outcasts her. Meanwhile her brooding brother struggles with his own inner turmoils about his early desertion in life. Only within the tight knit confines of his family is he comfortable to even speak. Written by
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If you're into a nice, structured movie, with no plot holes, and plenty of character development, this movie should not be on your list! A lot of times, characters do things, and you just don't know why, and don't really care because of this.
I'm not that big into watching movies that have the above criteria, if it makes up for it in other ways. Kris Kristofferson is nothing but his usual self(ugh), Leelee is good, the boy who plays her effeminate friend is VERY good, Barbara Hershey is kind of funny(only sometimes), but the one redeeming character in this "mess" of a movie (with a very anti-climactic ending) is Channe as a little girl, played by ---- Luisa Conlon ----.
One question: WHY HASN'T THIS GIRL BEEN IN ANY OTHER MOVIES?!! If you rent this movie for no other reason, (except maybe for the effeminate American boy living in France w/a British mother) watch this actress. I truly call her an actress because this girl KNOWS how she looks on camera, and TRIES to make herself look a certain way when she's acting. She TRULY seduces the camera with her skills. Too bad she's only in the first half of the film.
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