Depressed housewife learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the next day after to a world in which he is still dead.
A young man is plunged into a life of subterfuge, deceit and mistaken identity in pursuit of a femme fatale whose heart is never quite within his grasp. Remake of François Truffaut's 1969 film 'Mississippi Mermaid'
Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The character Joe Darrow was written with the intention of Harrison Ford taking the part. Ford turned down the role to take a year off from movies. See more »
When Mrs. Belmont gives Joe a package that came in the mail, it is addressed to "Dr. Emily Darrow". When we see the package again in a later shot, it is addressed to just "Emily Darrow". See more »
[over the phone]
It's bad, Joe. They're evacuating the villages. We're about to be washed out. We're hearing gunfire now.
Can you... can you get to Calamar? Can you get across the border to Columbia?
They're putting us on the bus. I don't know where they're taking us. Joe? Joe?
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The ending was the best part of this movie. The twist in the ending gives some credibility to the journey of the lead character, but Kevin Costner's character exhibited characteristics one would not expect of a doctor, let alone head of the emergency room. This gave Costner's character less credibility throughout where even the good twist at the end couldn't salvage it. There were also some relationships that could have been better developed. This movie seemed to focus primarily on Kevin Costner's character through placing utmost importance on his perspective when development would have been better achieved through more insightful development of the relationships that support him. For example, the character's relationship with his supervisor could have been less cold, maybe reflected more of a complex camaraderie. I believe these relationships (the supervisor, Kathy Bates as the next-door neighbor) could have offered more insight into the relationship between Joe Darrow and his wife Emily than was reflected in the film.
All in all, I was disappointed with the film. It had a great premise that needed a deeper message, a stronger pull throughout the film. It's best asset was the twist at the end. I like Kevin Costner as an actor, but this didn't seem to challenge him enough.
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