NORTHERN BORDERS, the new film directed and adapted (from by novel by Howard Frank Mosher) by Jay Craven, may take some getting used to in these times of fast-pacing and elliptical storytelling. But TrustMovies thinks it's worth your trouble. In addition to a high-level cast that includes the likes of Bruce Dern, Geneviève Bujold and Jessica Hecht, the movie has a quiet integrity to it that builds sturdily and steadily as it unfurls.
Where the Rivers Flow North. It's a tale of a fractured family, mid-1950s-style, in which the grandson, Austin Kittridge III -- played by Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (below, right), whose low-key, quiet and thankfully not-too-cute performance is another of the film's assets -- spends some months with his grandparents, played by Mr. Dern and Ms Bujold (shown below, left) on their relatively isolated farm in Vermont. There he discovers some interesting family secrets and lore -- a missing aunt who supposedly robbed a bank -- while learning about the strange characteristics of long-term love in the process.
Cinema Village this Friday, January 16, after playing a number of regional cities. I would think or at least hope that a DVD is in the works, as well, for any old-fashioned-minded folk who don't live near enough NYC to get to the theater.