The Yearling (1994) Rated PG

The YearlingIn 1870s Florida, a lonely boy befriends a fawn. Based on The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Starring Peter Strauss, Jean Smart, Wil Horneff, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

There’s only one thing I don’t like about these kinds of movies: they make me too emotional.  But, I guess that’s the point of them, right? 🙂  This rich film takes you back to the joy and hardship of life in the 1870’s.  Much like today, parents were responsible for teaching their children respect for life and the value of hard work, while nurturing their tender hearts.  The performances in this film were superb, with Strauss as the father and Horneff as the son (who was able to masterfully balance the strength and emotional aspects of his character).  Smart was a surprise as the mother struggling with her losses while trying to stay present in her life, and Hoffmann was at his usual best.  This film is worth a watch.


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