I took a bit of a leap of faith with this movie since I could only find it on Amazon.com and it was the most expensive DVD I’ve purchased that wasn’t a multi-disc set with 6 hours worth of extras. A new DVD was priced at 69.99. I bought one used, and even that was 39.99. Despite the steep price I’m so glad I bought the DVD because I do not want to give it back to anyone.
I’m not a reviewer. They have a tendency to speak to things that I either don’t care about or even notice. Such as the director’s intent, scale of things, themes, or more tangible items I don’t really notice like how many times you can see a ceiling in a shot and they’ll say how that indicates someone’s world is “closing in around them” or maybe they’re “outgrowing their world”. (Actually, I don’t think anyone has ever said the latter. But next time I see a lot of ceilings in a movie, that’s what I’m going to assume… unless it takes place on a submarine or spaceship. Because, well, yeah.)
Instead of a long drawn out review with lots of metaphors and flourish, I’ll just say I loved this movie. F-loved. I’m writing this on Saturday evening. I got the DVD Friday. I’ve watched it twice already. And it may or may not be playing while I’m typing this… (It is.)
And now we’ve come to the part of any post where I don’t know how much to say about the movie because I don’t want to just recap the entire thing but I really do wish as many people as possible see it; even if it was released 6 years ago. Sometimes good things take time, I guess.
So I’ll steal (I mean quote) the blurb on the back of the DVD: “Set in the achingly beautiful world of rural Nova Scotia, A Stone’s Throw follows the journey of photojournalist Jack Walker, who arrives unannounced in the remote seaside town where his sister, Olivia, lives a carefully constructed and insulated life with her two children. Jack, charming but guarded, is reticent about both the reason for his visit and the secrets of his recent past.” And that’s all I want to say about the plot. So now I’ll just bullet point things I scribbled down while watching:
· Jobs vs. environment debate on the radio. What good is having a job if you can’t breath?
· Hmm. He ignored her mentioning their dad’s death.
· I hate wooden wind chimes.
· Everyone is focused on looking at things. Cameras, telescopes, ect.
· That is an EPIC sweater!
· The silent moments aren’t empty. (BTW, I’m not sure what I meant when I wrote this.)
· Love the music. So fitting.
· Why is it people with kids in movies have the narrowest view?
· Was kind of hoping the ending didn’t have to happen. But of course it did.
I also live tweeted it, so there are more random observations there too. I’m sure they’re all just as insightful as the above. (That’s sarcasm, by the way.) Search #KHR56 if you’re curious.
After the movie was over I went to IMDB to see if the woman that directed it, Camelia Frieberg, had done anything else. She’s produced a lot of movies, but only directed this one full length movie and one short back in 1988. I’m mildly disappointed about that. I was hoping she had more.
Not sure how to close this post. So I’m just going to stop typing and watch the rest of the movie. Again.