(out of 5)
A great deal of publicity preceded this film, mainly pushing Debra Winger for awards consideration; ultimately the film made little impact and she got all her nominations for Shadowlands that year instead. She’s effective as a mentally challenged woman who lives with her patient aunt (Barbara Hershey) and is known for always being completely honest. Her seemingly straightforward life is complicated by the appearance of a handyman (Gabriel Byrne) who is attracted to her simple nature. Of course, that doesn’t stop him for making straight for the aunt as well. The film plays like a lifeless television movie-of-the-week, and is one of the very worst of the year.
Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal
Cinematography by Robert Elswit
Produced by Naomi Foner
Music by Carter Burwell
Production Design by David Brisbin
Costume Design by Susie DeSanto