A Home at the End of the World
July 23, 2004
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||Brilliant performances - touching and poignant
||This could have been a lot higher, but Colin Farrell's performance bugged me.
Based on a novel by Michael Cunningham, who also wrote The Hours, the novel that spawned the Academy Award-nominated film starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, A Home at the End of the World is a story about an odd love triangle starring the ubiquitous Colin Farrell.
The story revolves around two best friends who grew up together in Cleveland, Ohio during the '60s and '70s. As fate would have it, their paths cross again in New York City's East Village. Bobby (Farrell) is a gloomy, heterosexual hipster who moves in with his childhood friend, Jonathan (Dallas Roberts). Jonathan is a homosexual man living with a strange but sexy woman named Claire (Robin Wright Penn). As the three cope with their new life as roommates an odd dynamic begins to develop.
It seems that Bobby is wildly in love with Claire and the pair has a budding relationship, but Claire had been planning to have a baby with Jonathan. Needless to say, a little bit of tension develops in the friendship between the two men.
As time progresses, things settle down somewhat and the trio becomes an eccentric family. Eventually, they move upstate to the home of Jonathan's mother (Sissy Spacek), who has been experiencing her own difficulties with her husband and Jonathan's father, Ned (Matt Frewer).
This film has a fine pedigree and is being directed by first time movie director Michael Mayer. He's previously done directing work in several Broadway productions, including You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Uncle Vanya and the 2002 update of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Additionally, Cunningham will debut as a screenwriter, co-writing with another first-timer in Keith Bunin.
Look for a platform release from the newly formed arm of Warner Bros., Warner Independent Pictures. It's an unconventional story from a very widely respected writer, so it should find a decent audience among fans of indie cinema. (Kim Hollis/BOP)