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Sayles has proven that he was not just a fluke of the 80's and that he can hold his own against any big time director of the 90's. The movie consistently flows back and forth between the past and the present, with graceful and elegant ease. The performances are excellent, including a surprising character turn for Kris, who I usually don't think much of as an actor. Joe Morton (Terminator 2) and Elizabeth Pena offer strong support. Morton is an army colonel, who has a strained relationship with both his elderly father and his son. Pena plays the local schoolteacher, who Cooper used to be in love with when they were teens, and who is having her own problems with her own mother, an illegal immigrant from years past. The underlying theme of the film seems to be the strained generation gap between the various characters. Cooper, who has some unpleasant memories of his much-loved father. Pena with her mother. Morton with his father and son. An excellent drama, and one that you should at least att empt to see while it's still in theaters.