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December 05, 2006

The Cider House Rules - 5

This is the film based on John Irving's character study novel. This film is less of a story, and more about a young man's search for home. Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire) has lived his life as an orphan, apprenticed by Dr. Wilber Larch (Michael Caine) to deliver babies. He also learns how to perform abortions but refuses to participate. He eventually leaves the orphanage to see the outside world, falling in love with Candy Kendall (Charlize Theron), learning about race working at an apple orchard (the reference for the title of this film comes from the workers rules that are posted but never followed). A good film, that captures the universality of the search, as well as the beautiful setting of Maine set during WWII.


Anonymous said...

Though I haven't watched this since I saw it in the theaters (twice, too), I was always most affected by the younger girl who dotes on Maguire at the orphanage. She is there for him once he realizes he cannot be at peace living the life he thought was his to live, and though this relegates her to the immobile female waiting for the hero to come back to her, this quality somehow made her more endearing as a victim within the orphanage.


Anonymous said...

One of my favourite movies of all time. I cry every time.