Unstrung Heroes (1995)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1995.  Hollywood Pictures, Roth-Arnold Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Diane Keaton directs this bittersweet tale of a boy growing up under the experience of losing his mother (). He finds refuge in the companionship of two positively insane uncles (, ) who help him deal with his terrible impending loss while his father () is too wrapped in grief over losing the love of his life. MacDowell gives one of her most lyrical performances, a beautiful and sensitive role that will remind us all of a kind of relationship we often take for granted, and her warmth is the big heart and centre of the film. Lovely stuff, well worth a look.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Score-Musical/Comedy

Toronto International Film Festival:  1995


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