Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1987. Columbia Pictures Corporation. Screenplay by Bill Forsyth, based on the novel by Marilynne Robinson. Cinematography by Michael Coulter. Produced by Robert F. Colesberry. Music by Michael Gibbs. Production Design by Adrienne Atkinson. Costume Design by Mary-Jane Reyner. Film Editing by Michael Ellis. New York Film Critics Awards 1987.
Another unassuming comedy-drama by Bill Forsyth. Two teenaged girls (excellent performances by Sara Walker and Andrea Burchill) are left without a home when they lose both their parents, leading them to live with their only living relative, an eccentric aunt (Christine Lahti) whom they’ve never known very well. Set in the 1950s, the film shows us the girls’ experiences as they get to know this delightfully odd woman who has her own ideas of how to keep house and be a good hostess. Lahti is marvelous in the lead role, but Forsyth’s style was better suited to his British films and seems a bit too obscure for an American production.