Successful Carolinian George Johnsten meets Chicago art gallery owner Madeleine at an electoral benefit art auction- love at first sight. Madeleine decides to meet a Southern original artist, so George seizes the opportunity to come along and present her to his North Carolina parents Eugene and Peg, drop-out brother Johny and his high-pregnant wife Ashley. Confronting the outsider soon opens a can of worms as emotions revive or emerge, like admiration and jealousy.Written by
For me this film contains the intensity of a symphony written for a chamber music ensemble. The rhythm of a a film combines long silences with vast cinematic shots.
Embeth Davidtz projects a cool big-city sophistication paired with the upper-class British accent. Could one be more of an outsider? The artist David Walk( played by Frank Hoyt Taylor)is a superb portrait of a half-insane fruitcake who changes art dealers over a basket of fruit.... Celia Wilson shines as a quiet and intense bitch-of-a-mother-in-law. And of course Amy Adams is radiantly beautiful in her naiveté. Her performance in the hospital scene is breathtaking.
Even though the problems in family relationships is far from being a new subject, Phil Morrison was able to look at it from yet a new angle.
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