Thursday, December 8, 2022

What Remains (2022)

When the man who may have been responsible for the death of his wife returns to town, a minister has to look deep within himself in order to find a way to forgive him.

This deeply contemplative film with no easy answers is really good. A meditation on how we should treat those who have or might have wronged us is heady stuff, and WHAT REMAINS makes it deeply personal and heart felt. Unlike almost every other film on the subject things are not easily fixed. The world isn’t make right by the flick of the writers but through the anguish and uncertainty of the characters.  Brilliantly acted by all concerned, especially by Cress Williams, who hits it out of the park in performance that should be up for every award in the book. It’s not showy but it hits you hard since we truly see what it takes to do the right thing.

Equally good, and the reason the film is getting extra attention, is Anne Heche in her final performance. Showing  just how great she could be when given the right material, Heche rocks the pillars of heaven as the sheriff on the small town. Looking into a murder she is willing to go anywhere and do anything to do the right the thing. It’s a daring and masterful performance that will break your heart knowing that we could have had more of these performances had we only looked beyond the Hollywood bullshit she was forced to trudge through.

I really liked this movie a great deal and when it was done I was emailing friends to tell them to take a look. I highly recommend it for anyone wants a solid contemplative drama.

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