by Buzz McClain, Video Business, October 20, 2008|
Based on the best-selling 1964 novel by Margaret Laurence, this handsomely mounted romantic drama moves back and forth through the life of Hagar Shipley (Ellen Burstyn), as a fragile but feisty senior citizen running away from her overburdened son (Dylan Baker) and as a young woman (Christine Horne) who defies her father to marry a rough-hewn rancher (played young and old by father/son actors Wings Hauser and Cole Hauser, respectively). The drama comes full circle when Hagars youngest son (heartthrob Kevin Zegers) runs off with the rebellious Arlene (Ellen Page), igniting a tragic turn of events that has ramifications for years. Theres some top-line acting and vivid emotions to be found throughout.
Shelf Talk: Vivendi is airing advertising on the We TV channel, and the companys Netreach team is running an online marketing campaign. Co-star Page has developed quite a following since her Oscar-nominated turn in last years Juno, and shes featured prominently on the box art. Push her, Burstyn and the films dramatic romantic stylings, which are reminiscent of 2004s The Notebook.
Drama, color, R (mature themes, language, sexual situations, drug use), 116 min., DVD $26.99
Extras: cast/crew interviews, featurette
Director: Kari Skogland
First Run: L, July 2008, <$1 mil.