An Unfinished Life (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

/USA, 2005, , , , , , .  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Nothing you haven’t seen a million times before; estranged family members who have been thrown apart by tragedy are reunited by circumstances and learn to become a whole from the various broken pieces of their lives.  escapes an abusive boyfriend () with her sassy daughter (a remarkable young woman named ) and has nowhere else to go but the ranch of her dead husband’s father (), with whom she hasn’t spoken in years. Redford is still bearing a grudge since the accidental death of his son, and takes it out on the care of his best friend () who was mauled by a wild bear and has been nursed by his cowboy pal ever since.

Lasse Hallstrom does his usual excellent job of making it all feel real without overly sentimentalizing everything, but he can’t do anything about the tired familiarity of it all. Lopez is something of a disappointment, feeling forced and unnatural in all her heavily dramatic scenes, Freeman is his usual dignified best friend on the side making witty comments about everything, and Redford is surprisingly non-comatose for the first time in years–the man has emotions after all!


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