“Nobody’s perfect. There was never a perfect person around. You just have half-angel and half-devil in you.”
Yet another piece of art, directed by Terrence Malick in 1978, that took two years to edit. It’s one of those films that is slightly odd, but simple and intriguing enough to keep you hooked. Linda (Linda Manz) narrates the story, in her young and somewhat uneducated point of view, that really ties the film together, her accent and authenticity are really powerful story-telling tools.
Linda is the sister of Bill (Richard Gere), a hot-headed labourer who is forced to flee after an incident at work. In an attempt to leave the city for a better life, he hops on a train to nowhere with Linda and his girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams), yet, not wishing for the world to know, he pretends that Abby is his sister. They arrive at a farm to work and soon enough, the Farmer (the owner that has no name, played by Sam Shepard) falls in love with Abby. The story takes a turn when Bill convinces Abby to feign interest in the farmer after learning he only has a year to live, planning to rob the farmer after his death. A love triangle develops and the farmer becomes suspicious of Bill and Abby’s relationship, eventually leading to a tragic ending for all.
As I said, it’s a very ‘artsy’ film with minimal dialogue and an emphasis on cinematography (which won it an Oscar) and body language. This can often make you feel uncomfortable in the silence, but the addition of the narration is fantastic (and apparently another trademark of Malick’s).
I think it is worth a watch, if for nothing else than witnessing Richard Gere in his 20’s.