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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rites of passage story - for a mother and a daughter, 7 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Walk on the Moon [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Set in the summer of '69, coinciding with Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, this delicate and moving film centres around Pearl (Diane Lane), who heads off on the regular family holiday with her two children, leaving behind her loving husband Marty (Liev Schreiber), who cannot escape his work commitments and must follow later. Content, but emotionally trapped and suffocated by an early marriage as well as the middle-class restraints of the era, she is seduced by a wandering salesman (Viggo Mortensen) and the physical and emotional freedom his lifestyle offers. Through him she manages, fleetingly, to live a life dreamt of but never lived. But real life is not a dream, and infinitely more complex.
The story is simple, and one that has been told many times, exploring a stultifying and ordinary life which is rendered extraordinary by the entrance of a mysterious and charismatic stranger. What makes this film special is the attention paid to characterisation. All the performances are superb, imbued with a wistful melancholy and a sharp humour culled from a sympathetic script and sensitive direction. Anna Paquin is uncomfortably believable as Lane's troubled and troublesome daughter Alison struggling her way through adolescence. The one slightly hackneyed aspect is Marty's mother, who accompanies them on holiday. Although Tovah Feldshuh is a powerful actress, the character as written is a borderline stereotype of the all-knowing, all-seeing, hard-working Jewish mother. What is most impressive, however, is the way the film succeeds in eliciting sympathy for all its characters. Pearl's emotional confusion rings real and true. Mortensen's contribution is like the cherry on top of the icing on the cake. Handsome, cool and mysterious, he is the perfect fantasy made flesh. Yet by the end of the film, sincere in his affection for Pearl, he becomes more than a mere symptom or symbol. But it is Liev Schreiber's performance that is the real tour-de-force here; as the cuckolded husband determined to support and protect those he loves, he is portrayed so sympathetically and so tenderly that his presence not only underscores the entire film, but somehow manages to make Pearl's plight even more heartfelt.
This film certainly deserved more of an outing than a trip into local video stores, and I for one wish it were also available on Region 2 DVD. It's a film to re-watch and enjoy during quiet and pensive moments.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It had me hooked, 31 Oct. 2003
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I was sceptical about viewing this film as my only reason for purchasing it was the presence of Viggo Mortensen. What can I say.....I was blown away!
Diane Lane was fantastic as the bored and (unintentionally) neglected housewife. Married very young to her first love she feels old before her time and is curious about just what is 'out there'.
Anna Paquin was heartbreaking familiar as Diane Lane's teenage daughter on the cusp of womanhood and mortified when she realises that her mother wasn't just 'Mom'.
Viggo's character, Walker, sells womens wear from a converted bus. He is charming, kind and, obviously, devastatingly handsome. He's not a shallow heartbreaker, you feel that he really falls for her and wants to be with her. All in all it's a great movie, the characters all have their flaws but they are well rounded and very likeable.
PS The waterfall scenes are a real treat.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Review for an Excellent Film!, 19 Jan. 2003
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This film is a wonderful eye-opener and a must-see. I recommend anyone to buy it. I was lucky enough to stumble across it whilst watching TV and since then I have bought it and watched it repeatedly. It stars Viggo Mortensen, who now has one of the leading roles in the lord of the rings trilogy, and Diane Lane, who has been in many films such as The Perfect Storm. The title is given as it is set during Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon. Lane plays Pearl Kantrowitz, a housewife in the late 60's who falls for the local 'blouse man' (Mortensen). Whilst Pearl's husband has to leave her for a while due to business her and the blouse man elope in a steamy affair. As in all films her husband returns and finds out yet he is willing to take her back as they have two children and a responsibility. Now Pearl must choose.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tru-to-life movie about love, life, feelings, 7 Sept. 2000
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Tony Goldwyn's "A Walk on the Moon" is a wonderful melodrama. Don't be afraid of the word "melodrama", in connection with this movie it is used in its best meaning - a story about love, feelings. The movie provides a memorable look back (1969), showing the times when change was in the air from a different angle. The director avoids the era's cliches concentrating on people, their emotions, their attitude towards life, love, etc. I loved the movie for its emotional strength and truth. "A Walk on the Moon" is very true-to-life. One of the great pluses of the movie is a good cast: Diane Lane as Pearl, Viggo Mortensen as Walker, etc. I would undoubtedly buy this movie for my video-collection. There is one more thing about "A Walk on the Moon" I know for sure: if I were watching this movie at the theatre, I would receive it with a standing ovation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars touching, 28 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Walk on the Moon [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I'd seen this about 3 years after it first came out. It was one of those insomniacs movies, on TV at about 2 in the morning and I was working with the TV playing in the background when the film started. It captured my attention, not because of any dramatic action scenes, but because of the subtleness of the story, and it is definitely not the usual genre of movie I go for.

The story starts with the Kantrowitz family packing the car and heading for a Butlins-style holiday camp in the summer of 1969. It is set over the time of the July 4th celebrations, the Moon Landing, and Woodstock.

Marty (Liev Schreiber - Defiance, Sum Of All Fears, Salt and X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is a good man doing his best to provide for his family and who must travel back to New York during the week for his job as a TV repair man while his family stay at the holiday camp, only returning at the weekend (if his boss permits).

Alison (Anna Paquin - The Piano, X-Men 1-3 and True Blood) is the rebellious daughter, in her teens and finding boys for the first time.

Tovah Feldshuh takes the role of Marty's mother, and is somewhat the stereotypical Jewish matriarch of the family.

Pearl (Diane Lane - The Perfect Storm) is Marty's restless wife, who is looking back at her life and wondering what's come of it. Pearl had to marry Marty when she found she was knocked up after "just one time".

Young son Danny (Bobby Boriello) goes almost unnoticed in the turmoil of the family life.

Trouble starts when the new "Blouse man" Walker Jerome (Viggo Mortensen - The Lord of the Rings) arrives and is friendly, unpretentious, charming and quietly spoken. Walker is not a fly-by-night heartbreaker. When Marty is stuck in the New York repair shop Diane falls into the arms of the gentle salesman.

This is, however, more than just a film about a frustrated woman finding "love" with another man; it is about how her actions affect those around her. It is about dreams and realising that you are not the only one to have to give ideals and dreams up when you are in a relationship or have a family - something which Pearl is oblivious to until Marty's mother points out that her son had dreams to be more than a TV repairman.

Pearl must decide if this is just a summer holiday fling; if she should stick with Marty or leave him and move in with the "Blouse man" breaking up her family in the process; and if she decides it's Marty what would happen if he found out, would he stick by her? The problem is that both men are, in their own way, good men, kind and gentle, and it is think likeable aspect of Marty and Walker that makes her decision more than a "true love wins in the end" story.

It is a feel good film that leaves you thinking.

The star is Diane Lane who puts in a credible performance as does Viggo Mortensen, but the stand out performance is Liev Schreiber. Mr Schreiber manages to have some of the most powerful and heartbreaking scenes using his talent to make Marty such an empathetic, quiet and likeable man. The scene with his daughter is a real tear-jerker moment.

The Extra (if you can call it that) consists of "Film Recommendations"! In a strange way it is good to see that the Americans can suffer from the same lack of consideration as we do with many of the releases in this country.

The movie comes with English soundtrack and English subtitles only.

If you are purchasing this Region 1 DVD then you will need a compatible (or a universal) player as it is region locked. If you do have a DVD player that can play region 1 or you can get hold of a region 2 disc then this film is a cracker when you are looking for something with a story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet and gentle celebration of family, 7 Mar. 2009
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Okay this film isn't going to appeal to everyone, it's not hard-hitting, it doesn't have much social comment and although it concerns marital infidelity it's not particularly raunchy and it doesn't contain any bunny boiling. Also setting the film in the 60s allows the filmmakers to avoid modern concerns and to look at the past through slightly rose-tinted spectacles; that said however this is still a wonderful film about families, love, marriage and disappointment; how life can pass you by whilst you`re busy doing other things. The film boasts some great performances, in particular by Diane Lane and Liev Schreiber, as the married couple with children who are stuck in a rut, and the wonderful Tovah Feldshuh, who I'm amazed I haven't seen before, as the mother in law trying desperately to save their marriage from the sidelines. There's also a typically understated but moving performance by Viggo Mortensen as the love rival. The film doesn't take sides and it doesn't have any heroes or villains which is refreshing. It doesn't break any new ground but I really enjoyed it and would recommend this film to any fellow romantics out there.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an intelligent,moving and memorable film, 24 July 2006
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This review is from: Walk on the Moon [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Diane Lane feels as though she's walking on the moon after riding in Viggo Mortensen's bus and falling for his charms.But then she finds she's treading on her family and has to decide what she cares about most.There are some very moving scenes in this film and all the best ones involve Anna Paquin (acting as Lane's daughter)who has lost none of her skill as an actress since winning an oscar for her role in The Piano in 1993.I love the cinematography in A Walk On The Moon and the whole film looks and feels as though it was set in the 1960s.But all the life-decisions that have to be made and the problems that the main characters have to deal with are relevant to people today.Liev Schreiber (who plays Diane Lane's husband)puts in the best performance in the movie as his world falls apart around him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious film with an ultimately powerful theme of fidelity ..., 18 Jan. 2015
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Mrs. J. L. Alley (Oxfordshire UK) - See all my reviews
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A glorious film with an ultimately powerful theme of fidelity in marriage. 'Pearl' is unfaithful yes, but her wedding ring twinkles in the sun in the waterfall scene, she wakes remembering the passion and turning to the empty pillow in the marital bed seems to be wishing it had been her husband who made her feel that way, and finally tells 'the blouse man' she cannot leave her husband for him. His reply "I saw", having seen her with her husband and family, is his acceptance of her commitment to her marriage and her family. The large number of Amazon feedbacks indicates the complexity of the film, that it makes viewers think, and triggers strong emotions. An excellent watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Walk on the moon, 12 Oct. 2013
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Beautifully told story, brilliantly scripted, produced and acted, gorgeous photography, utterly moving, absolutely the best chick flick of our times
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film great acting from both stars., 8 Sept. 2013
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Great 60s film superb acting from both stars brilliant storyline. The music from the Woodstock era was amazing.Well worth a view.
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