The Grass Harp


(out of 5)

Loving adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella about an orphan boy () who is raised by his aunts, two women as different as two sisters could ever possibly be. Verena () is a hard-nosed businesswoman who manages the entire family estate, a sizeable one that includes most of the town’s biggest businesses. Dolly () is the warmhearted and painfully shy ruler of the kitchen who makes mysteriously good potions for illness and is one of the finest cooks around. A host of colourful supporting characters are also a delight to watch, including ,  (whose son Charles directs), ,  and especially  as a kind-hearted temple revivalist with fourteen children, all sired by different men.  It gets pretty sticky with its own sentimentality at times, but on the whole it’s a lovely and moving experience.

Charles Matthau-Jerry Tokofsky-John Davis Productions, Fine Line Features, Grass Harp, New Line Cinema

USA, 1995

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the novella by

Cinematography by

Produced by , , Charles Matthau,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Toronto International Film Festival 1995

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