Tumbleweeds

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Patrick Sun, Nov 11, 2002.

  1. Patrick Sun

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    Using my last of Blockbuster 10 rental card, I rented Tumbleweeds, and enjoy it very much.

    I rarely listen to commentaries anymore, but I did wind up listening to this one just because the commentaries done by indy film makers tend to be more interesting (material-wise), even if the director (Gavin O'Connor) isn't a laugh-a-minute kind of guy. He struck me as be a blue-collar film maker, and he and his ex-wife came up with a good film about the relationship of an unconventional mother and daughter duo (basically the story of his ex-wife's travels with her mom in her childhood).

    The performances by Janet McTeer and Kimberly J. Brown hold the film together very well. Their performances felt very honest. It's definitely worth a rental.
     
  2. Mark Pfeiffer

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    Tumbleweeds is definitely better than Anywhere But Here, a similar film that was released around the same time.
     
  3. Patrick Sun

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    In the commentary, Gavin O'Connor talks about how angry he was that as soon as they wrapped up the shooting for "Tumbleweeds", he was flying home and reading a paper which had this big ad for "Anywhere But Here" with a big name cast, respected novelist, and good director. O'Connor was not a happy camper for quite a while after seeing that full page ad.

    IMHO, "Tumbleweeds" has a better mother-daughter dynamic than "Anywhere But Here".
     
  4. Bruce Hedtke

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    No doubt as to which was a better film. Now, I love Portman and Sarandon but they simply don't hold a candle to McTeer and Brown. Jay Sanders was also quite good in a thankless role, and I found myself detesting him almost from the start. Great writing and direction. Agreed. Definitely worth a rental, at least.

    Bruce
     

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