A classic that has only gotten better with age. I read "The Yearling" in middle school. I have it now on my Kindle and it is such a well-written book with many lesson still to b learned. This biographical movie is extremely well done and introduced me to Mary Steenburgen who is still great. She actually pretty much looks the same! It was also the first time I had seen another great actress, Alfe Woodard, who also still looks pretty much the same. In any case, this move follows the life soon after the divorce of Marjorie Kinnan Rowlings and how she went from New York society to Southern rural orange farming on the bayou. It is beautifully shot, wonderfully acted and evocative of the South at the time of the Roaring 20's. In a place where life was a struggle, people lived hand to mouth and trust and humanity and being true to your neighbors counted for something. This is not an action packed, car crash type of movie. The pace is slow and the focus is upon human relations and culpability of actions. So, if you don't like movies that "talk" a lot and lack action, this isn't for you. If you are interested in good literature, feminism, the rural South and history, then this movie IS for you. I'm not sure if Alfre Woodard or Mary Steenburgen have won Academy awards but, they certainly should have!