Sunday, September 18, 2011

Film Fest - A Walk on the Moon

This film was made in 1999, before The Lord of the Rings, so it's a younger Viggo Mortensen, Diane Lane, Liev Schreiber, and very young Anna Paquin who people A Walk on the Moon.

Set during the 1969 moon landing, this is a film about walking on the wild side... Woodstock, actually.  A wife - married and a mother very young - suddenly longs for freedom and excitement.  F & E well represented by Viggo Mortensen.  Duh.  Any woman watching this film will instantly understand why this loving wife-N-mother behaves badly.  And there's a couple of scenes guaranteed to speed up feminine pulses.

Discounting all that though, I still like this film very much: it's really well written, I think; understanding and sympathetic of all its characters, male and female (the husband is particularly well played); these characters are all real and basically good people, wonderfully unusual that!; the film has a beautifully realized Jewish summer camp setting; and delicious touches of humor.  This is a coming of age film x 2 as both mother and teen daughter grow-up.  Highly recommended.

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