A Map of the World | Chicago Reader

A Map of the World

An elementary school nurse and displaced urbanite (Sigourney Weaver) doesn't behave the way people in a Wisconsin farm community think a woman and mother should, and soon she's being accused of a crime. This eerily dry drama bravely attempts to show, without resorting to the literal staging of contradictory scenarios, how much perceptions of the same situation can vary. But it doesn't question received notions about the behavior of adults toward children or one another. Scott Elliott directed a screenplay by Peter Hedges and Polly Platt, based on a novel by Jane Hamilton. With David Straithairn and Julianne Moore.

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