Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA/Australia, 1999. Miramax, Punch 21 Productions, Groucho Film Partnership, Village Roadshow Pictures. Screenplay by Pamela Gray. Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond. Produced by Jay Cohen, Tony Goldwyn, Lee Gottsegen, Dustin Hoffman, Neil Koenigsberg, Murray Schisgal. Music by Mason Daring. Production Design by Dan Leigh. Costume Design by Jess Goldstein. Film Editing by Dana Congdon.
Marvelous directorial debut by actor Tony Goldwyn (Ghost) about a stifled New York housewife (Diane Lane) who has an affair with a sexy hippie (Viggo Mortensen) while spending the summer of 1969 in the Catskills with her family. The historic moon landing by Neil Armstrong provides the perfect backdrop for a group of people reacting to a changing and growing world, and for this woman who married as a teenager thanks to an unexpected pregnancy, the need to re-examine the choices of her life is a strong one. Lane couldn’t be more enticing, intelligent and captivating in the lead role, and Goldwyn’s sure direction follows her about without ever losing grip of her emotional centre. Anna Paquin is weak as Lane’s confused daughter, who is herself going through some pretty big changes thanks to puberty and Woodstock, but Liev Schreiber‘s heartfelt performance as the abandoned husband and Tovah Feldshuh‘s wise turn as the soothsayer grandmother are first-rate.