I take my hat off to Holly Hunter. She goes through a lot of emotions but fortunately doesn’t go overboard; rather she gives a poignant and beautiful performance as Ada.
Her character is the heart of the film, but it’s quite amazing how strong a presence the other actors have in this film. All are quite good. (With Hunter still being the stand out.)
It’s probably one of the more emotionally involving films I’ve seen lately. The characters are deep and well written, the locations give you a sense of isolation, it’s shot nicely enough and not surprisingly the music is fantastic.
The film did lose my interest in some parts, however after just listening to the score again while looking at some of the film’s footage, I’m already starting to like it more and I have a feeling this is going to be a film that I’m going to appreciate more on my next viewing, even though there’s much I admire about it now.
I think emotionally deep characters; story and soft direction is going to be where Campion shines for me. The next film of hers I’ll be viewing is “An Angel at my Table”. Expect a review in the near future.