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The Wishing Tree

A successful young attorney travels from Atlanta to rural country outside Savannah to bury her mother, a noted storyteller, and after two young children discover a mysterious woods dweller, the attorney senses that he connects with her mother?s lost world. This film by noted Czech director Ivan Passer revolves around the tensions between city and country, reason and spirituality: at her law firm the attorney makes fine intellectual distinctions, but as the story progresses she learns to retell her mother?s fanciful stories. Unfortunately Passer?s style here is bland, Mary Alice Smith is underwhelming as the mother (seen telling stories on videotape in what should have been a key scene), and the film degenerates into a crime thriller with a highly predictable ending. 102 min.

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