Ed Franklin, a young man pursuing his dreams in Hollywood, returns home to Fort Worth, Texas at Christmas time to find his family in turmoil. His parents' marriage is crumbling and his ...
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Ed Franklin, a young man pursuing his dreams in Hollywood, returns home to Fort Worth, Texas at Christmas time to find his family in turmoil. His parents' marriage is crumbling and his relationship with his two brothers is rocky at best. The discovery that his beloved Granny has been placed in a nursing home after a stroke left her mentally disabled pushes Ed over the edge. He decides to come to his unhappy Granny's rescue, abducting her from the home against his family's orders. Ed's father Rex and brothers, Steve and Davy, set out after Ed and Granny, and a cross-country pursuit begins. Written by
Virgil leaves no footprints in hell because, as Dante notes, the dead have no weight. Tom Huckabee's "Carried Away" also has a weightlessness, even when the film is basically the story of a family unravelling and reravelling (I love making up words) around a Christmas road trip or kidnapping, depending on whose lens your looking from.
What Huckabee does wonderfully is capture the light and dark in so many characters, which initially appear as contradictions but finally amount to a whole-of-the-many-parts. Only someone with experience in the South can truly recall family prayers that were 1/3 holy, 1/3 political manifesto and 1/3 admonishment for a recent mistake, all over a holiday dinner.
I am thinking of a Czech novel--The Unbearable Lightness of Being--which was in reality just the opposite--a story about the oppressive weight of the world. Huckabee has given us the opposite--a film which plays on the accumulation of dysfunctions until we are "Carried Away", when in fact the film is the opposite: a beautiful testimony to a family, a story, a script and a director who never allowed himself to be just that--Carried Away. Time well spent watching this!
Note: Sublime music...look for more from Theater Fire in the future...
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