Bastard Out of Carolina
Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as her last chance.
There is no doubt this project was met with much passion. You can feel it in front and behind the lense. I don't think it all comes together the way they quite wanted it to. There are movie of the week tropes that should've been avoided, especially within the dialogue and the way some of the scenes played out. Still, the gritty work from Jennifer Jason Leigh, especially Glenne Headly, and the terrific, gutsy work from a young Jena Malone here are uniformly great. Plus, there's an honesty that pervades the work and truly great moments like the moments that Bone shares with her aunt, which are truly magical. Credit goes to the production designers and costume workers for making it look and feel like the time and place it should. Cudos also to Anjelica Huston for making a very difficult subject visually appealing.