Down in the Delta (1998)
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Poet Maya Angelou made her feature directorial debut with this African-American family drama, shown theatrically but originally produced for the Showtime cable network. Unemployed single mother Loretta (Alfre Woodward) lives with her mother, Rosa Lynn (Mary Alice), in a Chicago apartment. Drugs and alcohol lead Loretta to neglect her autistic daughter, Tracy (Kulani Hassen). Her teen son Thomas (Mpho Koaho) brings in money by photographing tourists. Rosa Lynn pawns a family heirloom in order to
Dec 25, 1998 Wide
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Not particularly groundbreaking, and neither is its message, but it's all done with sensitivity and intelligence by Angelou.
I was not thrilled about having to see it. But, sitting there in the dark, I became tremendously moved by the movie, and I have not forgotten its power.
Employs too many redundant, stagy flashbacks to tell the story of Loretta's ancestors.
A powerful performance from Alfre Woodard captured by Angelou's quiet, poetic direction.
Shows that every family has a potential for resiliency and growth, no matter what the problems.
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