A Map Of The World (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA/Germany, 1999.  Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG, Cineventa, First Look International, Overseas FilmGroup, The Kennedy/Marshall Company.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Compelling drama based on Jane Hamilton’s esteemed novel, about a city woman turned farm wife () who is bested by the law of the land. Weaver is also the local school nurse who is torn apart when her best friend’s child drowns in the pond behind her house while she is supposed to be watching her. Soon after the accident, a negligent mother () accuses Weaver of sexually abusing her son during a checkup at school. The baptism by fire that the character undergoes to truly find her place in the world isn’t as compelling as it should be, thanks mostly to Scott Elliott’s very literal instead of emotional translation of Hamilton’s writing, but the actors involved are more than enough to get you into the movie.    is excellent as the best friend and bereaving mother, while ‘s constantly excitable defense attorney is a pure pleasure to watch. The film could also do without Weaver’s voiceover narration, which, like most narration in movies is superfluous and explains things that are already obvious in the story.

Golden Globe Award Nomination Best Actress-Drama (A Map of the World)

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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