Geraldine Page...what more do you need? what a fine actress she was and she will break your heart in this film, close to her last before her death. An elderly woman stuck living with her son and irritating daughter-in-law in a cramped apartment having spent her youth and most of her life on her farm in Bountiful, working the land and raising her child. She is ill now and has to live with her son and his wife, almost as a prisoner in their home. Carrie dreams of the past, her old life and friends, her old home in the country and makes one last effort - having been thwarted previously - to go back there and pick up where she left off. It cannot happen because we cannot resurrect the past but hope spurs Carrie on. She finds her old home derelict, the fields untended, the town abandoned and her one remaining girlhood friend recently passed on. But it is not for nothing...Carrie finds a resolution in her trip to the past. Anyone who has longed to rediscover a place in time when they were their happiest will find this film will strike a chord with them.
Two interesting things in this film: Carrie's son and daughter-in-law sleep in separate single beds in their bedroom yet he laments not having children....
watch out for Geraldine Page's twin sons from her marriage to actor Rip Torn. They are standing behind her as she is buying her ticket to Bountiful at the bus station.
If nothing else, simply enjoy a tour de force performance by the late, great Geraldine Page. Acting students...watch and learn from this master.