Cast- Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber, Anna Paquin
It’s 1969 and the Kantrowitz is spending another summer away from the city. Marty (Schreiber) and Pearl (Lane) have been parents since they were 17, and 14 years and two children later they are comfortable in the life they have made. Well, Marty is comfortable and Pearl is restless, wondering if life has passed her by. Enter the Blouse Man (Mortensen). In the age of hippies, Woodstock, and men on the moon, Pearl finds her own sexual revolution.
Why I love it – I should confess that I watched this movie after I fell in love with Aragorn in Lord of the Rings and I needed to see every movie that Viggo Mortensen had been in. Imagine my surprise when I found this gem with Diane Lane, who I also love watching onscreen. These two have some seriously hot love scenes in this movie. I loved the Blouse Man and was hoping for a happy ending for him, I mean, it’s Viggo, so of course I was rooting for him. Imagine my surprise when by the end of the movie I also had a crush on Liev Schreiber.
The acting of these three with the teenager Alison (Paquin) and Marty’s mother (Tovah Feldshuh) was top-notch. Actually I think Feldshuh stole every scene she was in and I loved her character, caught in the middle with the knowledge of infidelity.
Apart from the outstanding cast and excellent acting I could feel for Pearl. I do not have children, but every woman can relate to romanticizing the road not taken. I may not have agreed with her actions, but I understood the motivations behind them. The choices we make at 17 will still be with us at 31 (how old I think Pearl is).
And this was a story about marriage and what makes it work or fall apart. It’s never black or white and this movie shows all of it shades of gray. Oh, and did I mention it was hot?
According to IMDb Lane wanted Mortensen for this role so much that she gave up part of her salary so they could afford him. Smart girl. Take a look at trailer and see if this might be a movie that you’d like too.
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