(out of 5)

Jeff Bridges plays an airplane crash survivor who believes that getting out of the plane without a single scratch convinces him that he is invincible, and now even foods he was allergic to no longer bother him. While his concerned family ponders the serious implications of what he is becoming, he counsels a fellow crash survivor, a young woman (Rosie Perez) who lost her baby in the accident. Throughout this affecting drama, Bridges is constantly looking for the opportunity to become human again, and finds it in the hands of those closest to him. Perez has never been better, and Isabella Rossellini shines as Bridges’ wife in this memorable Peter Weir film.

USA, 1993

Directed by Peter Weir

Screenplay by Rafael Yglesias, based on his novel

Cinematography by Allen Daviau

Film Festivals:  Berlin 1994

Academy Award Nomination
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rosie Perez as “Carla Rodrigo”)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Anna Paquin)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (Rosie Perez)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Rosie Perez) (tie)

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Rosie Perez)