Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Straight Story (1999)

An old man makes a long journey by tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother. True story. [imdb]

Nominated for 1 Oscar:

Actor: Richard Farnsworth

  As if we needed more proof that 1999 was an excellent year for films, I finally got to see David Lynch's most atypical film, a low key low budget film that might seem boring to some, but still keeps some of Lynch's trademarks (mostly from the camera shots). While this is not the most exciting film, it kept me interested and it's quite a special piece. It has heart, not just subtly-presented style.

Other than the cinematographer, Farnsworth is the star here. He gives the most realistic performance and his acting, just like most of the elements of the film, is very subtle. The eyes do most of the work and the performance feels even more effective if you know the real-life story of the actor, who was dealing with last stages of cancer while filming (Farnsworth killed himself 1 year after the film's release). So that makes it all more sad and touching. Overall, his nomination is much deserved and a win wouldn't have upset me.

My rating for the film: 8/10. I might've went for a different ending, but I have to respect Lynch's choices.

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