Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1998. Amen Ra Films, Chris/Rose Productions, Showtime Networks. Screenplay by Myron Goble. Cinematography by William Wages. Produced by Reuben Cannon, Robert W. Christiansen, Victor McGauley, Rick Rosenberg, Wesley Snipes. Music by Stanley Clarke. Production Design by Lindsey Hermer-Bell. Costume Design by Maxyne Baker. Film Editing by Nancy Richardson.
Alfre Woodard‘s rich performance makes this melodrama worth watching. She plays a drug addict from the big city who is sent by her concerned mother to live in the countryside with her relatives in order to learn a thing or two about responsibility. Loretta Devine is wonderful as a nurse who befriends Woodard, and the results of the story are appropriately heartwarming and inspiring the way you expect anything by Maya Angelou to be. While the great poet proves to be technically competent as a filmmaker, however, the film never rises above the status of a cheesy soaper with actors way better than it deserves.
Toronto International Film Festival: 1998