December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

August 17, 2011

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

When it's over, it's amazing how a movie made more than 55 years ago still resonates many parallels to films we see today.  The clothes, people, and music have all changed, but the themes haven't.  Actress Jane Wyman plays a wealthy widow, Cary Scott, who falls in love with her much younger gardener, Ron Kirby, played by Rock Hudson.  They're romance and engagement triggers disapproval from Cary's children and alienation from her snobby country club friends.  Cary must struggle with the emotional tug-of-war between what is expected of her and what she really wants.  The film clearly reminds us that love holds no age restriction nor is it prejudice against social class status.  The timeless theme of following your heart is prevalent throughout the film making this film as relevant today as it was back in 1955.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 

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