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Actors: Bonnie Hunt, Chris Sarandon
Director: Tim Kirkman
Studio: Strand Releasing Release Date: 04/04/2006 Rating: Pg13
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A Profoundly Moving Film and One That You'll Never Forget.
Andy Rosenblum | Wilton, New York | 07/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found "Loggerheads," to be a profoundly moving film with deep roots that takes the viewer on a spellbinding journey through the interwoven lives of three people, whose life changing decisions all come to a head over a Mother's Day weekend in different sections of North Carolina.
What makes the film so unique is that it takes place over a three year period, jumping back and forth between the years and captivating the viewer with the truly difficult and life-altering decisions that the characters have to make.
This captivating film is accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack that adds greatly to the impact of the film and characters. The eloquence and intricacy of the story line, combined with the intensity of the characters leaves the viewer spellbound. "Loggerheads," is an artistic and masterfully produced film that is based on a true story. The characters are real, nothing is over done, all of the dialog is low key, subtle, yet profoundly effective and incredibly moving. This film is not your usual Hollywood drama, it is so much more than that. The actors do such a fine job that you are left wondering if they are acting at all. This is a genuinely moving film that will take you on a realistic journey that could happen to any of us. All of the pieces of the film come together at the end. It's the kind of film that you watch and then when it's over, you sit for several minutes trying to absorb all that you have just seen. It is a life like and down to earth story and I highly recommend it to all."
The Homing Instinct
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 05/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Loggerheads are turtles, found along the coast of North Carolina, whose lives are unique in that the females always return to the beach where they were born to lay their eggs, hatch their young who in turn by moonlight go out to sea only to return to their origin to repeat the life cycle. The film by the name LOGGERHEADS relies heavily on this phenomenon: it is set in North Carolina and is guided by the young man Mark (Kip Pardue) who opens the story sleeping on the beach in Kure Beach, NC where he studies and protects the loggerheads.
A complex and challenging film, writer/director Tim Kirkman (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Dear Jesse) calls upon a true story to bring up questions of adoption in all the permutations of the triad, homosexuality, religious intolerance, bigotry, AIDS, and the longing for love and forgiveness. Kirkman sets his story in three years - 1999, 2000, 2001 - a fact that can be disconcerting until the flow of the film reveals the need to separate the events in time.
Mark is befriended by George (Michael Kelly) who is a kind young man, owning a motel, and who provides a room for the beach sleeper Mark. Mark quickly informs George that he has AIDS, thinking that George's kindness is a barter. But George is a true friend and their relationship grows slowly and with mutual trust as they learn the secrets of their pasts: George's lover 'drowned' in a mysterious accident; Mark ran away from his adoptive parents when they discovered he was gay; both men are tender and vulnerable souls afraid of further commitment.
Simultaneously we are introduced to Grace (Bonnie Hunt), recently recovering from a suicide attempt who longs to connect with the son she was forced to give up for adoption at age 17, and who lives with her rather rigid mother Sheridan (Michael Learned) who believes Grace should not try to discover the son she never knew. We also meet the minister Rev. Robert (Chris Sarandon) and his wife Elizabeth (Tess Harper) who are fanatics about gay people and even resent their neighbor Ruth (Ann Pierce) who places a nude statue of David on her lawn. The couple's son Mark is never discussed and the adoptive parents never communicate with him - but Ruth does. Ruth finally confides that Mark is ill and the wounds of separation open for Elizabeth. Meanwhile Grace has paid a 'finder' to locate Mark but the finder gives her a sad report. The three years of the story line make exquisite sense at this point as we realize that Kirkman has allowed us to be voyeurs into a human drama of immense substance, one that inexorably binds these disparate characters.
The cast is genuinely fine, with Kip Pardue, Michael Kelly, Bonnie Hunt, Tess Harper all giving highly sophisticated performances. But the credit for the impact of this stunning film goes to the writing and directing of Tim Kirkman. He has a way with film that is unique: we can only hope he will continue to make films of this quality, films that tackle difficult issues and are molded into realistic, non-manipulated dramas. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, May 2006"
Shirley Ozment | Greensboro, NC | 05/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Loggerheads is one of those movies that touch you in a way that stays with you long after the credits roll. I had the pleasure of watching this incredibly beautiful movie this past weekend and I am still mesmerized by it. I find myself sad with an aching heart knowing that Loggerheads was based on a true story and knowing that there were all these people effected by the NC adoption rules of the time.
I ache for the birth mother longing for her son that she was forced to give away at birth. I am sad for the adoptive mother that, be it through religious beliefs or how she was brought up to believe, let her adopted son go away and never be sought after. But most of all I ache for the son, the baby abandoned by a birth mother, abandoned a second time by an adoptive mother and yet still manages to hang on to life and try to do something good, such as saving the endanagered sea turtles on the North Carolina Coast. All the while, underneath, harboring a belief that he was never wanted by anyone.
The casting of this movie was excellent. From Bonnie Hunt who played Grace, the birth mother, to Tess Harper, the adoptive mother, Chris Sarandon, the adoptive father and Michael Kelly, the man whom Mark (played by Kip Pardue) befriends and finds a kindard soul.
The outstanding member of the cast, for me, was Kip Pardue. Not only did he lead the movie with the grace that was needed, he pulled through on every scene and made me love Mark so much that I cried when he hurt. Kip is a beautiful man, no doubt. Much like a model, he's so beautiful. But, that's the outside. I don't pretend to know him, but he brings a presence to the screen, almost like an angel effect. He seems so sweet, so kind. This is exactly what I believe was needed to make Mark our angel. Perfect work, amazing job!
And Michael Kelly, with his kindness and sincerity, he brought George to life in such a way, that I wanted them together from the moment that they introduced themselves. One of my favorite scenes was when George gives Mark a place to stay and Mark mistakeningly thinks that it is in return for sex. A "barter situation". George quickly informs him that it's not and he doesn't "need to barter".
Tim Kirkman created a very moving and beautiful movie with "Loggerheads" and I thank him for sharing it with me. I will purchase it and recommend to any of my friends to purchase it. It is amazing, mesmerizing and will leave you with your heart still attached to it. I promise.
One of the best ...
Dr. L.N.G. | North Carolina | 03/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having been involved with adoption for over 25 years - and being personally acquainted with the birthmother - I wondered...could this film truly do justice to the issues that it was attempting to dissect on open screen? And, it did! This movie is an lasting tribute to those involved in adoption whose lives are caught in the balance of what we know to be the adoption triangle. My only regret being that the birthmother was never able to give her son the depth of her love ~ what a much better world this would have been for that one act of connectivity to have occurred. The ability to find healing of broken hearts and spirits should never be legislated, as so many states have and continue to attempt to do over the decades. I recommend this movie to anyone wishing to embark upon a journey which many of us have already taken in one form or the other."