Jean Hansen comes to a school for disabled children to work there as a teacher. She becomes especially interested in young Reuben, an autistic boy whose parents have not visited him for several years. But the school principal, Dr. Clark does not appreciate her keen interest.
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Compromised early Cassavetes that leans far too close to studio style sentimentality. During editing he was actually fired from the picture after legendary clashes with producer Stanley Kramer. These experiences led to his iconoclast independent style in his own filmmaking afterwards. Performances are solid enough with Lancaster and Rowlands making an impression but Garland's turn a little overrated.
Non è il classico Cassavetes che si riscontra nella maggior parte dei suoi lavori,c'è un classicismo molto più visibile nelle inquadrature e negli stacchi.Ma ha il pregio enorme di mettere in scena un argomento di tale portata con zero retorica e massima sincerità.I volti dei bambini non hanno bisogno di parole,quello di Robin è quasi insostenibile.Attori monumentali.
I didn't know much about this one, but Cassavetes, Lancaster, and Garland making a film that tries to explore some pretty complex taboos is definitely worth watching. Shadows and Cassavetes' later body of films attacked other complex social issues with a more direct visual freedom, but I was still really impressed. And I had no idea Gena Rowlands was in this. She was great as always.