School nurse Alice Goodwin lives with her husband and two daughters on a dairy farm in a small Wisconsin community. After an accident on her property involving a friend's child, the town turns against her and Alice finds herself fighting charges of child abuse. Written by
There are movies which are absorbing just because there are actors who are able to transcend an academic directing :Sigourney Weaver is part of them ,and she gets fine support from the whole cast (with the eventual exceptions of the two lawyers ,two cardboard characters,and some of the jail inmates).
"Crime and punishment" would be another apt title for "map" :that's the book the heroine claims (along with Laura Ingalls Wilder's "little house",a return to childhood's kingdom,"Walnut Grove" being another world like the one she drew on her map) when she's in jail.Sigourney Weaver portrays a woman with a strong guilty feeling because of two events in her life (one minor with a pupil,another one,quite tragic).When she's unfairly charged with abuse,she accepts the punishment.When she's in jail,she's beaming,and nobody really understands her.More,she still thinks it's not enough (the self-inflicted wounds are revealing).It takes all Weaver's talent to make this complex character credible .Moore's evolution makes sense as well.She too feels guilty and her behavior does not shock.
"Map" tells a story which concerns us all: Its core is responsibility. Recommended.
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