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April 21, 2006

Ordinary People - 7

Another best picture, this one from 1981 (The year I was born). The film reminded me of The Squid and the Whale, or should that be the other way around? It deals with a family that is trying to make sense of the pain that comes from the death of a son and brother. It deals well with the brokenness and the reality of ordinary people. Mary Tyler Moore plays the stoic mother, who refuses to be forgiven and loved. Her husband and son while struggling attempt to try to understand themselves and others which is able to bring a level of healing. A great film that is probably more honest than most people would want to go. I like the level of truth the film explores by getting at what it means to be human, dealing with life, death, grief, and the reality of imperfection.

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