After having seen all the films that were nominated by the Academy for best picture last year, I have to say that this was my personal favorite. The other orphans are very cute, and I was moved to tears at the end when I thought of the small baby that had been aborted—he could never join them. He gave the film an emotional depth and breadth that is difficult to achieve in two hours. Keep up the good work! This has aged almost perfectly, and is a must-see for fans of period drama. And Oliver Stapleton's cinematography is nothing short of breathtaking. Each scene is vibrantly painted out on the screen with a great sense of direction and vision.
He breaks some social stereotypes by living with several migrant workers in a bunkhouse, governed by a code of conduct known as the cider house rules. Larch provides a medically safe, albeit illegal, abortion, Homer leaves with them to work on Wally's family apple farm. It is depressing to see and leaves you with a very heavy heart. Rose is raped by her father, and she hates him for it. There are also a lot of sexual references… I found this movie upsetting and depressing. He believes that he is doing his young patients a favor, bettering their existence and possibly saving their lives.
The end is perfectly satisfying, and the movie as a whole is a sweet, light-hearted, gently odd piece of fiction. Still, the idiosyncratic characters, emotional range and issues touched of family, race, sex and honour make this an exceptionally detailed coming-of-age epic. The tourism campaign uses the main theme from the film as its background music. Note to readers: this review contains spoilers. Clouds so he can see the world and establish a life for himself. Homer and Candy become much closer during this period of harvest and spend more time together while Wally is in Burma fighting. The rules are obviously useless to everyone most are even illiterate , though those in the bunkhouse are expected to abide by them.
Spends his youth being discipled by the doctor that runs the orphanage. His work with the children in the orphanage was superb, bringing forth their innocence and enthusiasm without minimizing their plight. A male migrant worker is shown nude after taking a shower. The theme of the movie contradicts itself as well. Homer chooses this moment to hitch a ride with them out of St. The boys and girls at the orphanage have forged a strong bond as a result of the shared experiences of loneliness and dejection - each time a family comes to adopt, all but one of them will be disappointed.
Larch , in charge of the orphanage, will provide abortions without question because, in the 1930s and 1940s, he wants to save young women from the coat-hook artists of the back alleys. Get answers to your questions about life, dating and much more. The acting was uniformly outstanding. On the other hand, Larch comments that they have no need for Christians in their work. Michael Caine's performance is one of his best, and Charlize Theron is sweet and direct as the girl.
Larch to practice medicine and perform medical procedures, including illegal abortions, which Homer refuses to perform. That life eventually includes picking apples at a remote orchard and falling in love with Candy while her beau is off flying missions against Japan. The impetus behind The Cider House Rules is Homer's search to find himself. Homer grows up and leaves the confines of the orphanage, but never quite escapes the confines of his upbringing. Well, Cider House is a sloppy mess because of it.
What will Homer learn about life and love in the cider house? His quest for manhood and experience serves only to lead him back to his roots, both physically, emotionally and morally. Michael Caine, sporting a rare accent of an impeccable New England variety , gives one of his best turns in years. Meanwhile, back at the orphanage, Dr. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. Hollywood as done a very sympathetic job of supporting Planned Parenthood and trying to convince young audiences that yes, we need to have a choice on this matter. Homer Wells Tobey Maguire , twice returned by adoptive parents, has become the surrogate son of the head of the orphanage, the benevolent Dr. So much is going on that the plot becomes unclear at times, though th eidiosyncratic characters, emotional range and attention to gripping issues make up for this.
John Irving's novel and adaptation is one of the most complete stories I can remember in many years. Nothing is depicted onscreen, but Mr. Only after he has discovered himself can he chart his future. Are you good enough to get to Heaven? During his time at St. Larch has planned for him? When Wally and pregnant Candy visit the orphanage, Dr. We just thought it was a place where the hired help lived. God loves us and cares deeply for us.
Crude or Profane Language: About a dozen mild profanities and misuses of God's name. Homer Wells Tobey Maguire is ineligible to join the military because of a bad heart. Wally goes off to war, leaving Homer and Candy alone together. Maintaining his anti-abortion beliefs is hard, and this is the message Hollywood wants to send out. Larch has succumbed to an accidental ether overdose.
He lives his life with a simple forthrightness that's refreshing, yet makes his ultimate life decisions even harder to take. From another, because Homer chooses to carry on the murderous work of Larch, it asserts that abortion is necessary even if it hurts those who participate. The impact is not as forceful as that of , but both films explore the similar territory of the abuse of power. The ending is satisfying without being too sentimental. Larch can't even sleep at night without chemical aids, and he eventually, after a lifetime of devaluing life, takes his own. Some characters in the movie seem to let life decide things for them, but others take the situation into their own hands, and it is worth discussing how to know when to act. Homer goes out of his way to help build up the self-esteem of his fellow orphans.