Article 3656 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-3-2011
Posting Date: 8-18-2011
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Featuring Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth
What it is: Fantasy drama
After a car accident, a woman has an after death experience but is brought back to life. Afterwards, she discovers she has the power to heal.
Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Oscar for her role as the healer in this movie, and she well deserved it; her character is so sincere and engaging that she draws us into the drama of the story. In fact, we like her so much that we find ourselves dreading the darkness that hovers on the outskirts of the story; because she doesn’t credit any particular divine entities for her powers (she doesn’t know where the power came from), there are those who come to their own conclusions as to the source of her powers, and some of these people aren’t satisfied with her silence on the matter. The movie is deeply emotional but never cloying; the sincerity of everyone’s performance is apparent, and it fleshes out and adds dimension to the movie. The ending is lovely, and quite logical in its way. Recommended.