On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. ... See full summary »
Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.
On the day of his son's third birthday, without discussion with his wife or even leaving a note, Manhattan architect Cal gets in the family Volvo and starts driving. Marriage is suffocating him. His traveling seems aimless: stopping to work construction, drinking heavily, picking up women, thinking about his wife and son but not calling them. He sometimes goes across the borderline into fantasy as he imagines resolutions to his travels. It turns out that his travel West is not altogether aimless: he has a destination and some questions to ask. Once they're answered, will he remain the mythic restless American male or re-cross the borderline to return home? Written by
In the first bar scene, where Cal loudly complains about his song not being played on the jukebox, the song he has selected is "Hard to Handle" by the Black Crowes. See more »
When Cal and the hitchhiker girl drove towards the Minneapolis airport, the weather was cold, somber and gray, and there was a light dusting of snow on the ground. Yet once in the airport, when Cal was talking to his old schoolmate Jack, the camera view out the window of the airport showed a sunny sky and lots of greenery, with absolutely no snow anywhere. See more »
I'm doing this for myself. Say "me too"?
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When I think of good road movies, or even great ones, titles like 'Easy Rider', 'Two Lane Blacktop', 'Lost In America', and even the more recent 'Road Trip' and 'Bandits' come to mind quickly. The common link of all these - comedy or drama - is that the story is secondary to the scenery, and the music. The acting needs to be first rate, and if the movie has a "point", so much the better. 'World Traveler' has a point, but not a strong one: a man searching for a better life. I won't bother to re-iterate the story, however, but all the actors are excellent. The real payoff though is in the cinematography and soundtrack. America is a beautiful country from coast to coast, and with Interstate highways running like a grid from north to south, and east to west, anyone wishing to explore the variety of landscapes, cultures, food, and majesty of an entire nation only need fill up their tank and hit the road. I was surprised at the low rating and only semi-enthusiastic comments given by others here, as I felt this to be a good movie, one that I will recommend to my cinemaphile friends. I haven't checked out the IMDb files on the director/writer and cinematographer yet - I know a lot of credits, but did not recognize their names - and had never heard of the movie (a 2001 release) before I caught it late at night on Pay-TV. I'm glad that I did.
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