Cinema: A Search for Connections

PLACES IN THE HEART Directed and Written by Robert Benton

Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely?

—E.C. Bentley, Trent's Last Case

How indeed? Take the new film in which this question—the opening sentence of a classic murder mystery—is quoted three times. What seems to matter to most people when it comes to judging a movie is simple: "What's it about?" and "Who's in it?" By these standards Places in the Heart is going to appear, at first glance, a bit out of time and place....

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