Sissy Spacek is just the greatest.
Another gem from the underrated Alexander Payne, this time a study of marriage, family and loss set in beautiful Hawaii. There's always so much to like in Payne's films, I find. Above all else they're patient, which is a virtue I appreciate more and more the older I get. They're also sincere and understated and funny, which is more or less exactly my cup of tea.
What do you say about films like this? They evoke so many deep emotions in you that are hard (if not impossible) to put into words and leave you shellshocked. This is what good art can do to a person.
I always get a kick out of films and books that manage to do a lot with very little, and this is certainly one of those films. I mean, if you boil this down it's just a guy driving around…
I just absolutely love this film. I think part of the reason why it works so well (and paradoxically why it's one of Fellini's least-known films) is that Cabiria herself isn't immediately likeable. She's boastful and rude and bad-tempered, and a chatterbox to boot. So you kind of have to put a little bit of effort in (or at least I had to) before you start to feel any real empathy for her. But when she finally does win you…