John Netherwood and his wife Leann are fugitives who are both wanted for murder. They have a young daughter named Janie. John and Leann are in the process of robbing a house when the two ... See full summary »
A series of overlapping stories about four suburban families dealing with different maladies. Esther Gold's life is consumed by caring for her comatose son; Jim Train is sent into a ... See full summary »
Mary Kay Place
An artist (Moira Kelly) decides to put her troubles with men and evictions behind her by moving to a convent, so she can work for her keep. Is her art an opportunity for the sisters to save the convent from closure?
At the 1988 Winter Olympics at Calgary, we see Doug Dorsey battered in a vicious hockey game against West Germany. We then see Kate Moseley doing her program and falling when a lift goes ... See full summary »
Character study about Mildred, an elderly woman who has spent her life caring for others. When her daughter finally leaves home, she finds that, for the first time in her life, she has ... See full summary »
The phrase "entertaining angels" refers to the practice of treating all guests--be they kings or peasants--as if they were visiting angels. This is the challenge for all humble Christians ... See full summary »
Michael Ray Rhodes
Lenny von Dohlen
This isn't Shine or even Benny and Joon, and that's what makes it special. So many small aspects of this film make it work. It's more a film about relationships than high artand not essential relationships or even sexual ones. Henry's family is fringe for him. As he realizes, everyone is living his or her life, and he needs to live his without dependency. Cynthia is not the typical wholesome or bohemian or wealthy muse. She's not even particularly supportive of or interested in Henry's music. She has her own agendawhatever it may be. And she's not even some grand awakening for Henry. Moira Kelly doesn't let her sweet face soften the character. Jamie Harrold's fantastic, signature facial expressions are therealbeit in drunker manifestations. He blends considerate, angry, simple, brilliant, slovenly, and conflicted in a manner that's always believable and never excessive or cliché. He plays the quirky artist without a grandiose moment.
The little gestures from the characters make this film (and the characters themselves) valuable: the father's awkward arm-pat, the mother opening the honey jar, the brother's crude practical wisdom, the sister's bathroom pep talk that doesn't completely make sense. They give to Henry what they have to give. So does Cynthia. Henry gathers these up and gives his performancenot a sweaty, earth-shattering display in a velvety auditorium but a simple, lovely moment in a community theater. Those bits the people in his life give him are enough, as they have to be enough for everyone.
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