Robert Duvall is fantastic. Jackson Fentry's ability to endure is touching and admirable. Enduring first the loneliness of his surroundings. Then by some miracle have the possibility of love gifted to him to. Then to lose that 2 times over. Towards the end of the movie the face of Fentry is stricken with loss and sorrow but with a strong look of humility and acceptance.
The film is based on a William Faulkner story and is shot much like a play as the film mainly consisted of the two main characters. The acting is extremely well done, and can be very dramatic at times. The film does a good job of transporting the viewer back to the rural south during the great depression. Overall, the film is slowly paced yet it offers surprising twist that keeps the plot interesting throughout.
Based on Horton Foote's play which was an adaptation of Faulkner's story... this movie does indeed come across like a stage play. It is basically a 2-character film for most of the run time. And both Duvall and Bellin give extremely solid performances. In that manner, it's quite enjoyable. It's slow-paced and the script is wordy but it's a good film. I question whether or not it should have been adapted at all.