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For my mother - a film to treasure,
This review is from: Whales of August [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I am dedicating this review to my dear late mother. She and I always loved to witness the quiet craftmanship of acting, directing and photography which unfold here.
Of course it is wonderful to see the thoughtful and totally convincing performances of the great actors, Lillian Gish and Bette Davis - however the quiet dignity of this work does not allow you to dwell on the performers as stars. From the opening moments when sepia gives way to colour - bringing us gently from past to present - this is a movie that captivates and enchants.
There is gentle humour and heart wrenching pathos in this little story - many memorable images are captured. Libby mourns her physical infirmities - Sarah takes strength from her little rituals - talking to the pictures of loved ones long departed.
The film is surely due a UK release on DVD - in the mean time catch it if you can at the National Film Theatre one day - or perhaps a repertory cinema.