I first watched the preview for this movie only because it had Piper Laurie in it. And who can forget her performance as the “religious to a fault mother” in Carrie. (the first one). After seeing the preview I then rented the movie and after watching it several times, (ahem…for research) I decided to write a review.
(Caution – Spoilers) This movie is for the most part well acted, and believable except for possibly Brook Adams. She seemed really uncomfortable with and disconnected from her character which made her character not really believable. However Piper Laurie, Emily Baldoni, Emily Goss, and Shannon Collis, all turned in outstanding performances that are the glue that held the story together. The flashbacks are well timed and are not just random (as in some other films) and actually flow with the time line. Watching the relationship between Louise and Rose as it grows from friends to Lovers to soulmates is extremely believable, to the point you can feel the passion. You come to understand why Rose is attracted to Louise and her free spirit and openness to new ideas and experiences and is totally awed by Louise’s fearlessness in the pursuit. Emily Goss completely captures the essence of Louise’s character, to the point that you not only believe it, you can feel her energy as well. Shannon Collis’s portrayal of the young, shy and demure Rose is also well done, and you can see how she, through her relationship with Louise, comes alive and learns to live, if only to a point. She totally captures the essence of someone who is in love and only to late realizes her mistake and what she gave up to “be proper” and the price she paid. Piper Laurie’s portrayal of “Old” Rose is outstanding and unlike in some other movies where the old version of the character seems totally disconnected from the young version, here the two stay completely in line and you can see and feel it. Old Rose does come to Allison’s (the granddaughter) aide but also chastises Allison when her comments are out of line. The scene where the three women Allison, Rose, and Patty are sitting on the porch and Allison admits that she’s in a relationship with another woman, and how fiercely Rose defends her when Patty goes off on a tirade, is totally believable because of how well Piper Laurie connected with and portrayed her character.
Emily Baldoni’s portrayal of Allison is well done also. She captures the total essence of a young woman who is struggling with not only her feelings but the challenges that life has thrown her way, and it’s interesting to watch her character develop as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It brings to light the timelessness of love and how love truly knows no boundaries, no matter how anyone may try to define it. If you watch this movie with an open mind and heart you will not be disappointed. However if you are one of those that only see things in Black and White (it’s either right or it’s wrong), then I’d suggest watching either a comedy or war movie. Not that you’ll understand them either. 😊.