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.
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
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.