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A Safe Harbor
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written by talltale April 5, 2006 - 3:32 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
A poetic, understated and deeply-felt movie that quietly builds to an almost shockingly satisfying conclusion, LOGGERHEADS deals with prejudice, family (adopted, birth, and extended) and those turtles of the title. (It also juggles three different time-frames, and if you don't pay attention to the particular scene that introduces each with a year shown, you may be a bit confused.) But even a little confusion shouldn't deter any intelligent, questing movie-lover.

In a large ensemble cast, I suspect there will not be a single character with whom you will not identify and care about to some extent--even the uptight, homophobic preacher, nicely played by Chris Sarandon. The entire cast works as though inspired (which they probably were, by this unusual script). Writer/director Tim Kirkman so scrupulously maintains his grip on person, place and time, adding layer after subtle layer, that, by the finale, as the various strands come together, you may find that there is no need for melodramatic clinch, feel-good reunion, gratuitous tear-shedding or tiresome over-explanation. So carefully has Kirkman built his story that we viewers are primed to make the all final connections on our own--turning "Loggerheads" into that rare film fit for adults.

This is the fellow responsible for the interesting documentary "Dear Jesse," which took a quiet, thoughtful view of the racist and homophobic congressman Jesse Helms. (He's also responsible for the dreadful filmed version of the one-man show 'The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me," which I'm guessing and hoping was an aberration, because "Loggerheads," given what it sets out to do, could hardly be bettered.) So impressed was I that I watched the "extras"--nice interviews with Bonnie Hunt and Kip Pardue--then viewed the film again with the director's commentary "on" and learned a lot about how Kirkman's mind works. His talk about the bond between the movie's director/writer and the viewer is something I wish more filmmakers understood and appreciated.

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