A New York journalist visits her distant cousin for the first time to write an article about her hard life in the bayous of Louisiana. The journalist’s wild, drug-addicted daughter adds tensions between the two relatives’ cultures.
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I couldn't help but think DELIVERANCE; city folk invading the nether regions, the wilderness, the OTHER, for a nice time, some casual research. But this is less suspense and more morale, maybe. We see both sides of the pond here (it's silly sometimes, this is CINEMA). Timeless tho: f'ing Martha Plimpton sporting hair, Tshirts, and sweater w/ Walkman, which is basically eternal fire. This caught my heart by surprise.
Notable small cameo by prison writer Edward Bunker, known in cinema for acting in "Reservoir Dogs" and books that became the films "Straight Time" and "Animal Factory". He also served as the basis for Jon Voight's character (Nate) in Michael Mann's "Heat".
Andrei Konchalovsky réussit parfaitement la peinture de personnages violents et crée une atmosphère oppressante à souhait, servi par la beauté et l'étrangeté des paysages de cette étonnante région des States... www.cinefiches.com
An American gem from a Russian director. this film requires attentive viewing to derive pleasure from the metaphoric tale. The film has a Cannes-award-winning performance from Barbara Hershey, and commendable cinematography, art direction, screenplay and music. My detailed review is at https://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.com/2018/05/222-russian-director-andrei.html
Barbara Hershey holds this one together with a complete immersion into character. Her impressive run from 1980 through 1991 should be discussed much more in the bigger conversation of truly great actresses from this period.