As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.
In 1930s Hudson Valley, Margaret "Daisy" Suckley is reacquainted with her distant cousin, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to help him relax at his family estate. That aid soon develops into much more as they become lovers. That puts Daisy in a unique position as Roosevelt receives the King and Queen of Britain in 1939 for a visit. As the Royal couple copes with the President's oddly plebeian arrangements, Daisy learns that there is far more to Roosevelt's life than she realized. With the world about to be set ablaze by war, friendships are struck and perspectives are gained on that special weekend that would make all the difference with a great, but very human, president. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Franklin shows Daisy a stamp of Victoria Falls in what was at the time Southern Rhodesia now on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. He tells her they are the highest waterfalls in the world. They are the largest waterfalls, but not the tallest. The tallest are Angel Falls in Venezuela. See more »
When FDR first shows Daisy his stamp collection, we see post-1939 models. See more »
Back then - this is years ago - I couldn't afford secrets. I just had chores. As a child growing up, we had been rich. And then, well, we weren't. And like most people during the Depression, I now lived each day as it came no longer expecting anything. Waiting. For nothing. And then...
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It's not what you think: it is soft, absorbing and very endearing!
We saw this marvellous sleeper of a film yesterday and we both left the theatre feeling happy that we had seen such a positive film. It was a slice from FDR's extraordinary life and it focused, surprising for us, on aspects of his personal rather than political life. As the title suggests it took place totally at his vacation home in rural New York and centred on his relationship with various people attached to his office or his vacation home.
There is a lovely section about mid-way through the film that involves the king and queen of England on a state visit and it brings out many fascinating observations about the disparity between the two countries. The pretension of the House of Windsor takes a bit of a thump but all turns out well in the end.
As to the technicalities of putting the film together I admit to be completely taken by the acting of all the on-screen actors; I loved the photography, the set decoration, the lighting and the shot selection by the director. The totality of the film was absolutely brilliant! I knew that Hollywood had it in them to create a movie of this gentle kind but the silliness of the Disney studios seem to preclude movies of this calibre making a buck which is the only thing Hollywood cares about in our era of corporatism. See it at all costs!
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