Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"The Good Lie"

This film released in October 2014 was watched here last night.  It was not familiar to us, and was a fortunate find.  The tale of a few of the "lost boys of Sudan" is reminiscent of Dave Egger's book of 2006 "What is the What" in many ways and tangentially related to Philip Caputo's "Acts of Faith" from 2005, both thoughtful reads.  This is film of course, a different medium, and it was handled exceptionally well.

Unfortunately this meaningful movie was a complete flop at the box office.

The big names related to the film were Ron Howard as a producer and Reese Witherspoon as a job placement counselor in Kansas City, where three "boys" arrive after surviving the wilds of Africa and the horrific conflict there.  The real stars of the film are four actual "lost boys" and one "girl", all of whom survived the ordeal well enough to engagingly recreate their emotions in this compelling film.

It's well worth a look.  The film made me feel fortunate, or maybe just lucky.  I'll take either.


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