Wow What A Great Film.
I fell in love with film again last night when I saw this film. Reborn
faith in humanity and that a ending can be all things like in life,
sad, happy, anticlimactic; probing one to start their own personal
inventory of what life is really about. This done so effortlessly all
wrapped up in one film with out feeling preachy or like an old clich.
Truly Moving Picture
I am a judge for the Indianapolis-based Heartland Film Festival. This
feature film is a Crystal Heart Award Winner and is eligible to be the
Grand Prize Winner in October of 2007. The Heartland Film Festival is a
non-profit organization that honors Truly Moving Pictures. A Truly
Moving Picture " explores the human journey by artistically expressing
hope and respect for the positive values of life."
This is a story of two unusual and non-conformist people. The first is
a curmudgeon or surly old man, played by Christopher Plummer, and the
second is a troubled high school junior. What they have in common is
that they live in the same neighborhood in L.A. and they love movies,
especially old classics.
The old man used to be a gaffer or electrician and made many movies at
Hollywood studios, but now he is alone in the Motion Picture Residence
of the Elderly. He is scruffy, a drunk, cynical, sarcastic and loudly
and proudly acts badly. After he gets into an argument with patrons at
a movie theater proclaiming, "I made more movies than you've been to",
the junior follows him to his old age home.
The junior wants to submit a short film to a contest that hopefully can
get him a college scholarship. So he begins his quest to get help from
the old man. The junior has serious adjustment problems. He challenges
a high school gang leader and continually gets in trouble with the law
for fighting and stealing. At home, he has a terrible relationship with
However, there is a goodness and decency in these two people and they
slowly and painfully bring out the best in each other. For them, the
journey is more important than a successful outcome. They simply both
need a purpose to their lives.
The acting is remarkable and not just from Christopher Plummer, who
dominates the movie. M. Emmet Walsh and Robert Wagner are particularly
convincing. There are unusual, funky visuals and a hip sound track
throughout the movie. They really work to hold your attention because
they are such a contrast to the many elderly characters. This is a very
different and very good movie.
FYI There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a
listing of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners that are now either
at the theater or available on video..