Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Man Who Cried|
Based on the bestselling novel by Catherine Cookson British drama
I was persuaded to see this
SereneNight | 11/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Upon seeing Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root in Persuasion I thought I'd like to see them together again. This story is very different and the characters they portray are very different. It is a beautifully shot picture. The story of seeking a better life and love for his son and himself prompts Abel to leave a cruel wife after a love affair goes awry. As he and his son take off for a better life, they are meet with hardships and temptations, always hiding the truth. Abel enters into an unlawful marriage with Hilda (Amanda Root) who loves him,provides his son with a loving home....unfortunately Abel doesn't love her...he loves her beautiful sister Florrie(who eventually becomes his lover and mother of his child after 9 years of quietly bearing life with Hilda) There are troubles ahead for all as his first wife discovers his whereabouts...The story of deceit/truth, cruelty/love, revenge/forgiveness, and unfolding tenderness as each character faces the truth, weaknesses and cruelty within themselves makes for a very touching movie. Truly upon seeing Ciaran and Amanda in very different characters makes one appreciate their talents and skill in acting. I was touched by the movie and my uneasiness in seeing the two Persuasion actors in a whole new way helped me to love even more their ability to tell human stories in these two movies. All the actors involved were very good and the moral questions and tragedies that occur will stir you. The courage to see one's own errors in character and to take responsibilty for it with a deep sense of humility, forgiveness and empathy for others not only transforms Hilda, but helps Abel to forgive himself....the touching ending is quite moving. The music is wonderful...so simple and beautiful a perfect reminder of how one wishes life would be...but is not due to the complexity of the human mind and heart."
Ciaran Hinds does it again
Shelley Newman | Cambridge, MA USA | 10/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"though it would seem that he is paired with Amanda Root (Persuasion) again... and in fact they do get married in this film, Hinds doesn't really heat up to his former sex appeal until the second half of the film. This is a twisted tail of the impossibility of a bad marriage and the impossibility of a man from a disadvantaged background taking care of his son and finding work during the 1930's in England. He uses his luck, but makes a deal with the devil. He is found out. Everyone is well cast and it is certainly a realistic story encased in the possibility of love and romance. Lovely settings."
It was a'right
SereneNight | California, USA | 08/14/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was an unusual tale about a man who is married to an abusive woman and who has an affair. When the evil wife discovers this, she writes a letter to his lover's husband which causes the irate man to shoot his wife and then himself. Distraught at the death of his lover, Abel flees with his young son. Eventually, he finds himself working for an elderly businessman, and embroils himself in a love triangle between the businessman's widow and the widow's sister.
In general I liked Cookson's work, but the hero in this one was just sort of bland. His facial expressions were very dour and I wish he'd taken the bull by its horns and divorced his nasty ex. His successive relationships and the love triangle, I was rather meh about. I did like his young son, and his relationship with the girl next door was rather cute. Overall I thought this was an average film, worth watching, but it didn't excite me.