“Look up at the stars Rosie.”
Richard Farnsworth’s eyes, the young hitchhikers’ perfect acting in that scene (she is absolutely amazing, the emotions in her eyes and face, the way she stands after helping the old man up), the two old veterans unloading at the bar (which after those recent events made me feel all the more angry and sad).
The look on Harry Dean Stanton’s face when he sees the lawnmower.
All the idiosyncratic and understated choices Lynch makes in this film (Alvin’s fall, the camera gliding by a wall as Alvin recounts his daughters pain, the dissolves..) which capture the emotion of the script without ever falling into sentimentality or cliche. Nothing rings false.
Life, old age, regret, redemption, and the decent side of the American heartland.
“It's been a genuine pleasure having you here, Alvin. Write to us some time.”