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Time Out says

Worried by the precocious habits of her teenage daughter Grace (Plimpton), Cosmo journo Diana (Clayburgh) visits distant relations living a spartan existence down in the Louisiana bayou. At first, Konchalovsky's depiction of the culture clash is merely clichéd: while Diana and Grace worry about things like make-up, matriarch Ruth (Hershey) still sets a place at table for her long-lost outlaw husband and exercises an iron will over her own cretinous brood. Pretty soon, however, it's a case of loony tunes with a vengeance: an attack on her son by poachers provokes Ruth to take a rare trip to town, gun in hand; Grace's druggy seduction of a cousin under lock and key results in violence and panicky flight; Diana's excursion into the misty swamps in search of the girl courts alligators and ghosts. Proceeding from hackneyed Cold Comfort Farm territory to a grotesque Gothic nightmare, Konchalovsky's fatuous fable misfires on all counts: it remains melodramatic hokum, pure and simple-minded, the luminous photography and Hershey's sterling performance notwithstanding.
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Release Details

  • Duration:119 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Screenwriter:Gérard Brach, Andrei Konchalovsky, Marjorie David
  • Cast:
    • Jill Clayburgh
    • Barbara Hershey
    • Martha Plimpton
    • Merritt Butrick
    • John Philbin
    • Don Swayze
    • Pruitt Taylor Vince
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