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"THAT's what your love feels like!"
on 17 June 2006
"An Unfinished Life" is the inscription on 21-year old Griffin's tombstone. He died in a car accident and the driver was his pregnant wife Jean (Jennifer Lopez). Ten years later, Jean is trying to raise their daughter but is being abused by her boyfriend, Gary. She runs to her husband's father (Robert Redford), a bitter old cowboy who has a ranch in Montana where he cares for his only friend (Morgan Freeman). Einer has never forgiven Jean for his son's death, but grudgingly lets them stay with him. Meanwhile, Gary is searching for Jean and is getting closer.
This little movie is really a gem. It's quiet and gentle and the actors are wonderful. Redford looks the part of the beaten-up old man consumed by hatred and grief. Lopez is also good, and Freeman gives his usual stellar performance. The mountain setting is breathtaking and serene, and there is a nice subplot involving Freeman and a grizzly bear that is quite touching. I don't know why this movie didn't reach a larger audience, but I do recommend it. It's a realistic look at people who need to forgive, be forgiven, and find meaning in their lives. Excellent.