This is a film about the lifetime of human experiences. Its running themes include: the haunting & unforgiving nature of memory; simple reflections on living, loss & regret, and especially the strength of will & reconciliation.
Sissy Spacek is remarkable as Rose, Alvin's mentally challenged (?) daughter & impossible to ignore, especially in the scenes when she longingly looks out the window.
David Lynch admirers might miss his usual focus on the unusual, however it's evident that he is, in fact, behind the camera. For eg, the way some of the scenes close completely & the next opens; the scenes with the ball rolling & how those were filmed; and especially Alvin's encounter with the distressed driver.
A truly one of a kind film from beginning to beautiful end (`Yes I did'). Silence can say so many words.
It will pull the heart strings of anyone who is able to feel the pulse of what it means to live & breathe.