Blessing (1995)





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This family melodrama, set in modern, rural Wisconsin, chronicles the troubled life of a 23-year old woman who must decide whether to stay within her dysfunctional family or strike out on her own. Randi's choice is difficult. Currently she spends her days milking cows and working at the local truck-stop. If she takes off, she will leave her beloved 10-year old brother, Clovis, at the mercy of her alcoholic father, and ineffectual, addled mother. Her usually taciturn father becomes quite abusive when he drinks. His behavior already chased away Randi's older brother. He spends his free time perched atop a silo staring at the horizon and occasionally snapping pictures of the surrounding grayness. Mama spends her time taking care of her religious icons, playing the lottery and whining. She doesn't understand why everyone is always fighting. Randi almost forced to make a choice when she falls for a friendly milkman who is also an astrologer. Her father becomes meaner than ever when he finds out about it. Randi makes her decision.
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Carlin Glynn
as Arlene
Clovis Siemon
as Clovis
Tom Carey
as Snuff
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In a downbeat tone that suggests a contempo version of "Wisconsin Death Tripa," Michael Lesy's collection of grim photos, Blessing shows the devastating effects of socio-economic changes on a way of life that's out of step with modern technology.

Full Review… | April 28, 2006

Heart-felt drama about the soul's deep yearnings.

Full Review… | August 26, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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