A Map Of The World details
|Starring:||Chloe Sevigny, Ron Lea, Dara Perlmutter, Louise Fletcher, Victoria Rudiak, Kayla Perlmutter, Marc Donato, Chl, Hayley Lochner, Timm Zemanek, Sigourney Weaver, David Strathairn, Arliss Howard, Julianne Moore|
|Studio:||Boulevard Entertainment Ltd|
A Map Of The World
|Run time:||2 hours 3 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Feb 2003|
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A strong cast barely holds this melodrama togetherBy Philip Concannon from London , 02 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Alice Goodwin(Sigourney Weaver) is a mother of two and part-time school nurse who often looks after the children of her friend Theresa(Julianne Moore). On one of these occasions, Theresa's daughter wanders out while Alice's back is turned, and drowns in a nearby lake. Alice and Theresa are both devastated and their grief sours their friendship, but worse is yet to come.
Just as Alice and her husband Howard(David Strathairn, an excellent and understated performance) are recovering from the incident, Alice is arrested on a charge of sexually abusing the children in her care. She is carted off to jail as Howard tries to look after the kids and raise the money needed to get her home.
This soapy melodrama from first-time director Scott Elliott has little to recommend it. Peter Hedges' adaptation of Jane Hamilton's novel is a patchy affair, with incoherent plotting and uneven characterisation. Elliott's direction isn't much better, he fails to maintain a consistent pace throughout the film and at times it positively crawls. The scenes inside the prison are laughable, with lots of dreadful 'women's prison' stereotypes making life hard for Alice, and so are the final courtroom scenes. Nothing rings true.
However, Elliott has done what all first-time filmmakers should do - surround yourself with a first-rate cast. Sigourney Weaver gives one of her finest performances as Alice, a totally committed and convincing display which is all the more impressive given the incoherent development of her character.
Julianne Moore is always watchable and she excels in the early scenes here(not many actresses do grief as well as she does), but her character disappears halfway through. The rest of the cast is populated by various two-dimensional cliches.
Recent films such as 'In the Bedroom' and especially the magnificent 'The Sweet Hereafter' have examined the effect of a sudden death on relationships and society. 'A Map of the World' has similar intentions, but fails at the most basic levels.
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Stellar cast but I was bored to tears & not moved....By twosoddingcats (269 reviews) from Kingston-upon-Thames , 24 Aug 2011I really wanted to love this...with Sigourney Weaver
as school nurse Alice Goodwin and Julianne Moore as the mother of a daughter in drowns at Sigourney's house....
Chloe Sevigny is great in a cameo role but this film just tries to be too 'worthy' and it crawls along at such a slow pace I wanted the rest of the cast to drown as well. The prison scenes are full of women's prison stereo types....Great cast, such a shame this film doesn't stir the emotions as it should do. Rent alien comedy 'Paul' with Sigourney Weaver instead....
At long last Sigourney wins me over!By Jazzman (35 reviews) from Ruthin , 26 Sep 2010Sigourney Weaver has always seemed a rather over serious actress with a fixed facial expression, so I had modest expectations when viewing this film. But this role demanded a far less strigent character as a hard working mum coping with heavy domestic chores and a job as a school nurse.She lives happily, without much money, in the country with her two daughters and her long suffering, quiet husband played by the outstanding David Strathaim - long before his 'Goodnight & Goodluck' success. The life of contentment ends when a neighbour's child dies and Sigourney's character is acccused of abusing some of the school children in her charge.
In prison, unable to get bail, she passes through the stages of being hated, to her enjoying the rest from the outside world, up to the court case and the fight to try & clear her name, plus all the personal learning that has come from her experience. This could have easily ended up as an afternoon film on cable television with all the fake charm and superficial characters such films offer. However Sigournet ( & Stathaim) have a great on screen presence & connection and you are taken into multi layers of emotions in how all cope and try to come out the other side in one piece. Do they make it?
a map of the worldBy pinty (246 reviews) from South Shields , 13 May 2010I enjoyed this film,the acting was excellent,weaver was brilliant in it.Im so pleased with the endind too,I thought the worst was about to happen but was glad it ended how it did(if that makes sense).Id definately recommend it.
map of the worldBy bollocks (5 reviews) from Newmarket , 01 Mar 2009not as good as i was led to believe it was ok
A Map of the WorldBy a customer from Wakefield , 11 Feb 2009I chose this film because of its excellent cast - and the standard of acting didn't disappoint me., but way the story unwound hower did.
It started off well, but as the film progressed it became tedious and laborious. Whilst I admit it was essential to portray the emotional distress of the characters - it is overdone and there are low points in this film that failed to sustain my interest.
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