(out of 5)
Loving adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella about an orphan boy (Edward Furlong) who is raised by his aunts, two women as different as two sisters could ever possibly be. Verena (Sissy Spacek) is a hard-nosed businesswoman who manages the entire family estate, a sizeable one that includes most of the town’s biggest businesses. Dolly (Piper Laurie) 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 Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau (whose son Charles directs), Charles Durning, Nell Carter and especially Mary Steenburgen 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.
Directed by Charles Matthau
Cinematography by John A. Alonzo
Music by Patrick Williams
Production Design by Paul Sylbert
Costume Design by Albert Wolsky