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Morgan J. Freeman
Brendan Sexton III,
As the seasons change in a Connecticut town, two men of different age and backgrounds who work together outdoors for the local park system, share thoughts and feelings that gradually deepen into a relationship approaching father and son. Paul is just out of prison for armed robbery, assigned to work with Murph, a middle-aged vet whose grown son Bobby is dying. Paul is trying to control his temper and build a spiritual side based on reading. Murph is a down-to-earth Sancho Panza to Paul's more ethereal ideas. And Murphy seems to need forgiveness for mistakes as a dad. As Murphy's retirement approaches and winter sets in, the men talk and love blossoms. Written by
Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber are masterful as mismatched workmates who are different enough to connect on very basic levels. This is not a film for the action-faction; it's more like dramatic theater. It's an excellent film for both aspiring actors and those who like to see good acting, as Schreiber and Beatty struggle successfully to stay in the zone between methodical understatement and emotive overacting. Schreiber's smoldering working-class anger and Beatty's "go along-to get along" resignation creates a sparkling tension out of which grows a deep friendship. For anyone who's worked on the downside of the class divide the dialogue is spot on and the characters are recognizable. This film proves that it's still possible to make a quality film out of an "uplifting" story. A little bit of "The Straight Story" without the sap.
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