David Lynch's "The Straight Story"
Has anyone on the boards here seen David Lynch's "The Straight Story"?
I think it might be aligned with a lot of the values held by participants on these boards. The film focuses on the importance of family bonds and on small town life, particularly in the fly-over states of the U.S. Agricultural regions.
Very poignant to see the journey of an elderly man driving a lawn-mower to see his estranged, ailing brother, before they die. I think there is also a subtle backstory implied in this, related to WW2 and "The Greatest Generation" that gives this film great power.
I remember going to see this film in 1999, with my mom & sister, having read an article in Time Magazine speaking with David Lynch, having directed his first G-rated, Disney film, how the elderly Richard Farnsworth was like a new James Dean. The absolutely beautiful instrumental soundtrack, paired with the fly-over shots of American farms overwhelmed me, I was almost in tears watching it, thinking back on long family drives through states like these in my childhood. For me, definitely a great movie, and that seems to be echoed by anyone I show the DVD to.