Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2000. Cinetel Films, Motion Picture Corporation of America, Rumor Productions NS Inc., Rumor of Angels Inc.. Screenplay by James Eric, Jamie Horton, Peter O’Fallon, based on the book Thy Son Liveth: Messages From A Soldier To His Mother by Grace Duffie Boylan. Cinematography by Roy H. Wagner. Produced by Lisa M. Hansen, Paul Hertzberg, Peter O’Fallon. Music by Tim Simonec. Production Design by Stephen McCabe. Costume Design by Natasha Landau. Film Editing by Louise Rubacky.
A young boy (Trevor Morgan) spends his summer at Cape Cod reliving the memory of the car accident that took his mother’s life. Emotionally reclusive from his absent father (Ray Liotta) and concerned stepmother (Catherine McCormack), he comes alive when he befriends a local eccentric (Vanessa Redgrave) and learns from her an appreciation for life. His parents become concerned, however, when her insisting on the supernatural presence of a lost family member is something she communicates with regularly. Redgrave’s acting and presence are beneficial to the film, as always, but even she can’t make this kind of material seem fresh. Lovely photography of beautiful Nova Scotia (subbing for Maine) is a plus, as is an excellent music score.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2000