Definition of Depressing Fits this Picture **
Be prepared to bring a box of tissues to this heartbreaking film.
A soldier returns home from World War 11 to his North Carolina home.
His 17 year old brother is in prison for a crime which is not
described. When our soldier, played by Chris Klein, named Noah, asks
for leniency, he is denied this. On top of all this, his parents have
died during the war years. The farm was sold off so Noah has to become
He goes to a small town and meets an angel who directed him to go
there. He hears the tale of a big fish in a lake. There he meets a
young child who lives with his grandparents. The boy's mother is dead
and the father is not there. Noah develops a strong bond with the boy
who doesn't talk. Noah lives in a shed provided by widow Gretchen Mol,
whose husband came home from the war and promptly put a bullet in his
head. She lives with his grandmother who has a fetish for chocolate.
The widow gets Noah a shed and shows him the chair where the owner of
the latter died.
If this isn't enough, tragedy ensues when the silent child pursues the
fish. The town mourns by singing a hymn that was sung in the 1953 film
version of "Titanic" with Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb. Yes, Noah
will leave but will find himself back in the town.
The story needed to have much more of a character development. This is
sadly lacking here. The viewer must have come away very depressed as I
The film is a heartbreak. Is Noah doing the same search that Tyrone
Power was looking for the meaning of life in 1946's "The Razor's Edge."
Life, as we know it, can be very depressing. We don't need to be
reminded of it by this production.
1945 was never depicted more bleak than this. Maybe, they woke up 3
years later when Dewey was upset by Truman..
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competently acted but too saccharine
OK, the plot: a soldier returns from WW2 with bad dreams and finds that
the home he's grown up in has been sold and his kid brother is in jail
for a youthful prank apparently. He wonders around, by bus I guess and
fishes most of the rivers, large and small, of the Southeast. On one of
these rivers, he meets an old man who recommends he hike over the ridge
where he'll meet some nice people. He does and they are. A pretty
widow, (Gretchen Mol) allows him to stay in a fishing cabin her husband
frequented before he committed suicide. None of the characters are at
all well developed; I guess I have to blame the script.
I gave it a five only because I was able to sit through it. I've liked
Gretchen Mol in other movies so it's no surprise she was appealing in
this one. I question whether a woman in 1946-7(?) would be so
forthright about approaching a man who interested her. And there was no
need to kill off a perfectly cute kid just for cheap sentiment, before
we even get a chance to hear what he has to SAY..