The Straight Story
Based on the true story of Alvin Straight, a 73 year-old man who drove 240 miles across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawnmower to visit his ailing estranged brother, The Straight Story offers a genuinely charming and quirky variation on the formula of the great American road movie. Anchored by a flawless, Oscar-nominated performance by 79 year-old character actor Richard Farnsworth, The Straight Story also offers one of cinema's most extraordinary portraits of older age.
Alvin may be thoroughly independent, decent and dignified, but he is also stubborn, flawed, and haunted by the past; and it is this refusal to sentimentalise its main character that makes The Straight Story so beautiful.
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