“[Turning down an offer to have her healing ability tested] What’s going on here has to do with people and feelings and not wires and machines. I dunno, it just doesn’t feel right to me”.” – Edna Mae McCauley
Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 May 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Following a tragic accident that causes a woman to experience the afterlife for a short while, she wakes up with mysterious healing powers.
My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had never heard of beforehand and only came across it during my quest to watch all movies that have produced Oscar nominated performances over the years.
This film has a very intriguing premise that unfortunately isn’t able to stay engaging enough for the entire run time and looses steam around the mid point.
Ellen Burstyn is pretty good in the lead and she truly makes us believe that her character has had a life altering transformation following her tragic events portrayed here.
What’s interesting is her character begins to believe things that she easily rejected beforehand.
Eva La Gallienne was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Burstyn’s grandmother.
Unfortunately, one would expect such a nominate performance to be more flashy and sand out more than the rest of the cast, but she isn’t able to do so here.
The rest of the supporting cast is also good here and it was fun seeing Jeffrey Demunn in a small yet significant role.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that just doesn’t manage to stay enjoyable for a two hour run time. Burstyn is pretty good in the lead and allows the viewer to see how such an event could affect someone so much that they can become to believe in things that they easily rejected beforehand. Eva Le Gallienne was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Burstyn’s grandmother, but she unfortunately isn’t as much of a standout as one could hope for. The rest of the supporting cast is also quite good here and I especially liked seeing DeMunn in a small yet significant role.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Martin Scorsese was reportedly healed from asthma by the real life healer who inspired this film. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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