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I saw this film last night at the San Francisco Frameline Film Festival (6/20/05). This is a profound and moving filmgoing experience. I don't really want to say much about it but I encourage people to see it. One thing I particularly liked about it was the use of the Carolina locales. The film suggests that there's a whole world out there that Gay people have been deprived of. Yes, major cities like San Francisco and New York have been Gay turf for a long time. LOGGERHEADS dares to make the statement that we have to right to belong everywhere comfortably be it "the heartland" or the urban center. This film really is about "the heartland" -- a place where people have to grapple with their most personal issues and come out as better, stronger individuals. Between seeing LOGGERHEADS and Gregg Araki's MYSTERIOUS SKIN this week, I think the so-called "Gay Film" has really come of age.
Three stories start in this film-- 40ish Grace (Bonnie Hunt) is living
with her mother (Michael Learned) but can't forget the baby she was
forced to give up for adoption when she was 17; Mark (Kip Pardue) is a
young man obsessed with saving loggerhead turtles--he falls for sweet,
gentle George (Michael Kelly); a minister's wife (Tess Harper) misses
her son who abandoned her because of her husband's (Chris Sarandon)
These three stories are all absorbing with excellent acting--just look at that cast! They all slowly come together at the end and leads to a very moving and truthful conclusion.
This is a character study but a very good one. It was a little too quiet for me (that's why I'm only giving it a 9) but I was never bored. Also it was shot on location in North Carolina which helps a lot. There's some stunning, absolutely beautiful cinematography here (one sequence toward the end with Hunt and Harper took my breath away). This is not for everybody but it is quiet, intelligent, beautiful and very moving motion picture. Recommended.
I thought 'Loggerheads' was wonderful. I saw it at the River Run Film
Festival in Winston Salem, NC. The director/writer attended the
screening as well. Afterward, he talked about the making of the film
and it was very interesting. He indicated that the film may not be
released nationwide. He seemed to think that it would play on the
Sundance Channel and then be released to DVD. What a shame. It should
be released nationally, in my opinion.
The actors were amazing and the story was so interesting. I loved the overlapping, intertwined stories. Bonnie Hunt was GREAT. She should do more dramatic work, because her performance was beautiful. The film itself was slow and deliberate in its pacing (kinda like the South) but it needed to be that way to develop the characters. I was riveted the whole time. Check it out, if you get a chance.
By the way--contrary to what one poster said, I know no one involved in the making of this film. I paid the ticket price and got more than my money's worth.
This is a rare film, one which moved me tremendously, but whose greatest power I felt as the haunting music of Mark Geary played over the end titles. Though I'd been a bit teary as several of the characters finally met at the film's conclusion, it was after the curtain went down, so to speak, that I really found myself crying as the impact of what I'd seen sank in. As another reviewer stated, this film shows how far the "gay movie" has come in just over a decade. The sophistication and complexity of the story, the depth of the performances, and the artistry of the writing/directing make Loggerheads a truly outstanding film. One comment: let's stop saying that an actor like Kip Pardue is "brave" for playing a gay part. He's an actor, and a good one at that, who chooses a part for what it offers him as an artist, and more power to him for that. The truly brave actor is an openly gay one who plays a gay role without concern that this will prevent him from playing straight parts in the future. No matter how many times Kip plays gay, assuming he is straight, he will have no trouble being cast in a straight role, not in 2005.
Loggerheads are turtles, found along the coast of North Carolina, whose
lives are unique in that the females always return to the beach where
they were born to lay their eggs, hatch their young who in turn by
moonlight go out to sea only to return to their origin to repeat the
life cycle. The film by the name LOGGERHEADS relies heavily on this
phenomenon: it is set in North Carolina and is guided by the young man
Mark (Kip Pardue) who opens the story sleeping on the beach in Kure
Beach, NC where he studies and protects the loggerheads.
A complex and challenging film, writer/director Tim Kirkman (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Dear Jesse) calls upon a true story to bring up questions of adoption in all the permutations of the triad, homosexuality, religious intolerance, bigotry, AIDS, and the longing for love and forgiveness. Kirkman sets his story in three years - 1999, 2000, 2001 - a fact that can be disconcerting until the flow of the film reveals the need to separate the events in time.
Mark is befriended by George (Michael Kelly) who is a kind young man, owning a motel, and who provides a room for the beach sleeper Mark. Mark quickly informs George that he has AIDS, thinking that George's kindness is a barter. But George is a true friend and their relationship grows slowly and with mutual trust as they learn the secrets of their pasts: George's lover 'drowned' in a mysterious accident; Mark ran away from his adoptive parents when they discovered he was gay; both men are tender and vulnerable souls afraid of further commitment.
Simultaneously we are introduced to Grace (Bonnie Hunt), recently recovering from a suicide attempt who longs to connect with the son she was forced to give up for adoption at age 17, and who lives with her rather rigid mother Sheridan (Michael Learned) who believes Grace should not try to discover the son she never knew. We also meet the minister Rev. Robert (Chris Sarandon) and his wife Elizabeth (Tess Harper) who are fanatics about gay people and even resent their neighbor Ruth (Ann Pierce) who places a nude statue of David on her lawn. The couple's son Mark is never discussed and the adoptive parents never communicate with him - but Ruth does. Ruth finally confides that Mark is ill and the wounds of separation open for Elizabeth. Meanwhile Grace has paid a 'finder' to locate Mark but the finder gives her a sad report. The three years of the story line make exquisite sense at this point as we realize that Kirkman has allowed us to be voyeurs into a human drama of immense substance, one that inexorably binds these disparate characters.
The cast is genuinely fine, with Kip Pardue, Michael Kelly, Bonnie Hunt, Tess Harper all giving highly sophisticated performances. But the credit for the impact of this stunning film goes to the writing and directing of Tim Kirkman. He has a way with film that is unique: we can only hope he will continue to make films of this quality, films that tackle difficult issues and are molded into realistic, non-manipulated dramas. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp
This isn't a tidy little movie with a predictable end, predictable characters nor script rather this is a compelling, profoundly moving film refreshing in how delicate it is. The performances are nuanced and the dialogue and story lines have a verisimilitude that left me feeling touched by the characters. They felt "real." That is rare in any film that quality where you stop watching actors and start watching characters and feel their pain, hopes, dreams. I only saw this movie by accident as my boyfriend and I got to the theater to see another film which happened to be sold out and seats were available for this film. Lucky for me.
I loved this movie. The cinematography, direction, and acting are
fantastic. The NC shoot is exquisite (particularly the scenes at the
beach). Using three different story lines that ultimately converge is a
great way of drawing the viewer into the story and making it much more
intimate and meaningful. There is a certain level of shock at how
antiquated adoption laws and mores have been (and still are).
The ending is uplifting without being a "Hollywood" saccharin sellout. The bittersweetness of the closure is a wonderful way of reminding one that we can always do a better job of being human to each other - even when we don't understand each other.
Saw this wonderful film at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Had the pleasure of having the Director there. The film was very multi-layered and pulled your heart in many directions.The acting was very good especially Tess Harper Bonnie Hunt and Kip Pardue (hottie!) Should be required viewing for any in the religious right. It might teach them something about compassion. The audience at the festival was very enthusiastic about the movie and kept the director busy answering many questions about location, filming and even how to make an apple pie with red apples. Would definitely recommend this movie to all audiences- it is not your typical "gay" movie- instead it is a movie that has gay characters- quite refreshing!!
First - let me say that I am not associated with the movie in any way
and I paid $10.75 to see it. (I was reading the other comments and the
only negative one I saw decided that all the other glowing comments
I loved the way the stories intertwined. The acting was superb. Tess Harper and Bonnie Hunt were particular favorites for me. Like others have mentioned, I was very impressed by Ms. Hunt's dramatic work in this movie and hope she'll get to do more of it. The movie was quiet and thoughtful. Some might think it was slow, but I didn't feel that way. I was totally involved with the story and interested in the characters every step of the way.
A really wonderful film.
I grew up with Tim Kirkman, writer and director of this movie. Loggerheads is everything he is....thoughtful, honest, probing, authentic and hopeful. I saw this movie in Nashville, and sensed that the audience was spellbound, as was I, so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The beach, the mountains, the kitchen table, the barber shop, the sanctuary, the kiss, every frame was beautifully and intentionally shot. The cast is totally believable. I've lived next door to and gone to church with these people. Kirkman tells 3 stories that weave into 1 and they are rich with emotion and full of grace. The soundtrack is amazing. Don't miss it.
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