Shy People

ANDREY KONCHALOVSKY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1987.  Cannon Group.  Story by , Screenplay by , Andrey Konchalovskiy, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1987.  Independent Spirit Awards 1987.  

 is superb as a magazine reporter who decides to travel to Louisiana’s back of beyond in search of distant relatives whom she has never met for a piece she’s writing about her family. What she and her emotionally troubled daughter (, once again the rebellious teenager) get are Clayburgh’s cousin’s aging child bride (a terrifying ) and her nearly wild sons who know very little about the modern world and are kept hidden in their bayou home by their domineering matriarch. The vast chasm between the two adult women threatens to constantly erupt until revelations result in the bridging between two completely different worlds. Andrei Konchalovsky’s direction sometimes overindulges in the symbolic imagery (which also marred Runaway Train), but the otherworldly qualities of the bayou scenes are effective and the characters rich and absorbing.

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