Best Movies by Farr
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Released Runtime Category
1972 103 Drama, Romance
Director Language
Joseph Anthony English
Robert Duvall, Olga Bellin


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What's it About

In early 1900s Mississippi, a solitary, soft-spoken cotton farmer named Fentry (Duvall) takes a job working as the winter custodian of a broken-down sawmill. One day, he finds the pregnant, impoverished Sarah (Bellin) wandering the property, and takes her in. As he cares for her, their relationship deepens into a tentative, touching romance. Eventually Fentry promises to marry Sarah and raise her child as his own. But will fate shine on this couple?

Why we love it

This spare, tender and tragic tale of an unlikely bond between two lost souls — an achingly gentle rube and a good-natured but sickly young woman — is based on a deceptively simple short story by Southern writer William Faulkner. Director Anthony handles the material with restraint and sensitivity, opening the film with a tense courtroom scene that triggers a flashback in which Fentry's tale of woe is unraveled. Quiet but intensely watchable, sporting an accent that seems to have inspired Billy Bob Thornton's "Sling Blade" character, Duvall anchors this woefully underexposed, heartbreaking film.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"