A Home at the End of the World

It might take a bit to adjust to wild Irish boyo Colin Farrell playing Bobby Morrow, a twentysomething virgin who moves from Cleveland to New York to live with his gay friend Jonathan (newcomer Dallas Roberts is a genuine find) and Clare (a vivid Robin Wright Penn), the wiggy bohemian hatmaker Jonathan is shacked up with.ut adjust you will, since Farrell's astutely judged portrayal — he finds the crucial streak of manipulation in Bobby's sweetness — is a career highlight. Stage director Michael Mayer (Side Man) makes a striking debut in film, and his skill with the actors is often breathtaking. Sissy Spacek triumphs in the supporting role of Jonathan's uburban mother. In a childhood flashback, she discovers the boys smoking grass and listening to Laura Nyro's lush "Desiree" and joins them as if discovering a new world. Spacek's revelatory performance (hello, Oscar) is typical of the film's eye for detail as Bobby, Jonathan and Clare make up their own definition of family. In adapting his 19TK novel to the screen, Michael Cunningham (The Hours) must condense a story that moves from 1967 to the 1980s AIDS era into a sometimes rushed ninety minutes. But how many movies these days leave you wanting more? The funny and heartfelt Home is a small treasure.

From The Archives Issue 258: February 9, 1978
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