10-year-old Harriet dreams of leaving her home, where she doesn't feel she's needed by her mother and sister Gwen. When her mother dies in a car accident, she really starts to make plans ... See full summary »
Evan Rachel Wood,
Mary Stuart Masterson
In 1957, a young girl's world is turned upside down when she is forced to move with her family where she is bullied and befriends a reclusive and suicidal war veteran. He teaches her to confront her fears and she helps him forgive himself.
Train fanatic Tom Stark's job enjoyment stops shielding him from grief over his wife Megan's now terminal cancer when Laura Danner commits suicide by planting her car on the railway just before Tom's train arrives. Tom's colleague Otis, who never got over a hobo doing the same on foot, resigns, Tom is suspended. It's even worse for Laura's fatherless son Davey, who loses his home too. He escapes from a monstrous foster-ma's home and tracks down Tom's home. Megan, who was about to leave without allowing him to get closer again during her last weeks, promises to stay if they take on Davey. Boy and childless couple soon grow on each-other, but a social worker is on Davey's trail. Written by
" Sorrow is the staggering payment we make when investing in love "
To often humans seek out comfort in the embrace of another. It's
natural and necessary if we want to remain human. However, the price we
pay is terrible when giving our love to parents, loved ones and close
friends. In addition, tragic events add to our loss when inexplicably
we lose those who are close to us. This film encompasses such a tragic
loss when Tom Stark (Kevin Bacon) is at the controls of his train when
Laura Danner (Bonnie Root), a suicidal mother parks her car upon the
tracks and awaits death with her son. Despite his best efforts, Stark
is unable to prevent the accident. The woman is killed and her son
Davey Danner (Miles Heizer) blames her death on the engineer. With the
accident troubling his mind, Stark is further burdened with his ailing
wife who is dying of cancer. In addition, Davey becomes an orphan, sent
to a foster home from which he runs away from and seeks refuge with
Stark and (Marcia Harden) his sickly wife. The story is deeply complex
and extremely ladened with anxiety, conflicting emotion and troubling
situations. It attempts to intertwine both family understanding and
compassion grief. Although Kevin Bacon is superb in his acting and is
ably supported by Miles who is equally great, some selected scenes are
slow to develop, morosely dark and too often the audience is hampered
with confused and poorly directed endings. Nevertheless, the story is
awash with deep feelings and emotional surges which confront human
beings everyday. ***
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