Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling ... See full summary »
They call him "Handsome" Harry Sweeney. At 52, the Vietnam veteran has kept his rugged good looks. Everyone likes Harry, an electrician by trade who loves to sing but for some reason he never lets anyone get too close. He's been divorced for a long time, has a son whom he rarely sees, and, although he's engaged in a long-term flirtation with the waitress at the diner, seems destined to remain alone. One day, Harry gets a call from a former Navy buddy, Tom Kelly, whom he hasn't seen in some thirty years. On his deathbed and terrified of going to Hell, Kelly convinces Harry to seek forgiveness on his behalf from a comrade they betrayed long ago, David Kagan. At first, Harry wants nothing to do with Kelly, Kagan or the remnants of his murky past. But guilt and memories have a mysterious grasp on Harry, and he finally relents, driving down the East Coast to call on his old comrades. As he confronts the three other men involved in a long-ago crime, he observes how each man has dealt with ... Written by
William Porter, a university professor of philosophy, mispronounces the name of Anaxagoras, a major early Greek philosopher and astronomer. See more »
Thanks to "Lewis Cole May 25, 1946 - October 10, 2008." Dr. Cole was professor and chair at Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program. He died of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called, "Lou Gehrig's disease") at age 62. He was highly influential in film and made a profound impact on his students. He was survived by his wife, Valerie, children, and grandchildren. See more »
.....in a new subclass of male / female sexuality: "STI-FLEXUALS."
(( "STI-FLEXUALITY"......it's a whole new word....a whole new descriptive title for a subclass of human sexuality. Beginning today, there is not only Heterosexuality....Homosexuality....Bisexuality..., BUT also this new subcategory. And peculiar to this subclass of "Stifled Sexuality" comes a new label for the Killer Fear that suppressing such feelings and behavior generates in us: "CLOSETOPHOBIA"....fear of coming out of the you-know-what )).
(( And when, in your less than fully happy life, events arise which force you to realize that it is YOU who have Stifled...no, Crushed...the God-given purpose in life of another human being (in very fact, the Love of Your Life), you become nothing less than a Shattered human being. Your only...ONLY hope being the possibility of Forgiveness" )).
Given us by this film....this writer....this director and, ultimately, by Harry himself....are vividly disturbing scenes of the devastating emotional and physical damages that such "Stifling" of our own sexual needs and desires can bring about. Following is just a very short list of some of those damages:
Very often, unhappiness and a sense of not having succeeded on the
part of any spouse caught up in a marriage to a "Sti-flexual" partner (divorce is often the outcome).
Frequently, lack of closeness and connection between the
"Sti-flexual" parent and his / her children, if any.
In most cases there is the despair and sense of non-worth which can,
for years, smolder within the "Sti-flexual" (even suicide has been a drastic result).
Violence (often fatal) by one or more persons against an
Lastly in situations like this, successful attempts at "Making it
Right" or "Making up for Lost Time" are rarely achieved...or come far too late. So ask yourself after viewing this film -- Has Harry succeeded in doing so....or hasn't he?
If you learn nothing else from this film, take away this: What will ALWAYS stay with a someone like Harry is the ever hurting realization that this lost part of his (maybe Our) life has become just a throwaway....instead of a sweet and wonderful what-might-have-been. YET, can there still be REAL happiness in this kind of a man's future? Perhaps....perhaps. And in this regard, there is a based-on-true-life motion picture story of just such a salvation, now making its way through the new releases circuit. Aaahh, so perhaps all potential, and real, Harrys should be making their way to see this big-star, and likely award winning film, titled, "BEGINNERS."
Thanks, Harry, the trip's been fun!
(( PS--So, has this movie been talking about only Harry....or perhaps Me....or perhaps You, as well? ))
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