The personal turning points of a family in crisis are portrayed against the backdrop of one of America's most tumultuous summers in this drama. In 1969, Pearl Kantrowitz (Diane Lane) is spending the summer at a resort in the Catskills. Married to TV repairman Marty (Liev Schreiber) and the mother of two children, respectably middle-class Pearl feels trapped by domestic life and inwardly lusts after a traveling salesman named Walker (Viggo Mortensen). When Marty is called back to the city one weekend, Pearl impulsively arranges to meet Walker at a music festival going on in nearby Bethel, New York -- The Woodstock Music and Art Fair. However, Pearl doesn't realize that her teenage daughter Alison (Anna Paquin) has secret plans of her own, and when mother and daughter meet in the midst of hippiedoms's most celebrated moment, both have a lot of explaining to do, to each other and to Marty. A Walk On The Moon was produced in part by Dustin Hoffman, and premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
I saw this about a week ago and it's still on my mind. It recreated the era (the summer of '69) beautifully - not only in regard to superficial things, but also in the way that most of us were on a personal search of sorts, questioning our lives and experimenting and "trying on" new ways of thinking and living. The cast is absolutely perfect as they bring the characters to life! They express nuances of emotions, and heights of emotions, honestly and believably. Also, I have to mention the soundtrack - absolutely one of the very best compilations of the era that I've ever heard! Altogether, I think this is a terrific movie, one that I've already bought so that I can see it again and again, any time I want to recapture the bittersweet memories of an era gone by.
This is an extremely enjoyable movie. It is one of the few movies that depicts life within a Jewish family. It describes the national and personal upheavals that occurred during the 1960's with parallel stories of a mother and daughter. Viggo Mortensen, as the blouse man, who romances the mother, Diane Lane, is wonderful. He communicates tenderness, sexuality and gentleness. Diane Lane does a great job in expressing the passion and conflict her character experiences. The scenes between the two are more than smoldering. Don't watch it with your kids!
I really enjoyed this movie. The time period brought back wonderful memories of a simplier time and how summer was spent. The sex scenes were very tastefully done, but not for younger children. Diane Lane was great as always. I highly recommend this one!
If there was an Academy Award for eyebrow acting Diane Lane would take home the Oscar. She's a bit annoying in this but the other actors save her. There's a lot of stuff packed into this movie but if you were part of the Woodstock generation you really get the feel of what it was like to be in the middle of the world changing around you and that is why this film gets 3 stars, the filmmakers got the 'feel' right. It would be almost impossible for the mom and daughter to run into one another at Woodstock so THAT is a big stretch. Viggo and LIev are fantastic and the young Anna Paquin steals every scene from the big players without even trying. Soundtrack is perfect.
If you're looking for a romantic comedy date movie, this may be a little too heavy in some ways. If you view wives cheating on their husbands as a bad thing, you probably won't find this all that uplifting. That said, this movie is very well acted and directed and worth a watch.