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Loggerheads (2005)



Critic Consensus: Loggerheads is an understated, quietly moving character study, bolstered by great performances.

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Tim Kirkman wrote and directed Loggerheads, a film that follows three different storylines that all transpire over the course of a Mother's Day weekend, but take place at different times. One of the stories features a man who arrives in a coastal North Carolina town in order to preserve turtles that are endangered. He becomes involved with a local businessman and must decide where he feels in his heart that he belongs. A second story concerns a woman who begins to feel her small-town changing in ways that frighten her. She must face these changing social realities while constantly listening to the speeches of her minister husband. The third storyline involves a woman who intends to spend the weekend celebrating the holiday with her own mother while also attempting to make contact with the child she gave up for adoption years before. Loggerheads was a selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
PG-13 (for mature thematic material and brief strong language.)
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Tess Harper
as Elizabeth Austin
Bonnie Hunt
as Grace Bellamy
Michael Kelly
as George
Michael Learned
as Sheridan Bellamy
Kip Pardue
as Mark Austin
Chris Sarandon
as Rev. Robert Austin
Valerie Watkins
as Lola/Sharon
Robin Weigert
as Rachel
Adrian Lee
as Linda
Bill Ladd
as Rick
Joanne Pankow
as Phyllis
Adam Williams
as Hector
Trevor Gagnon
as Julian
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Critic Reviews for Loggerheads

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (20)

The dramatic tension is nil. But the performances, particularly by Hunt (in a non-comedic role, for a change), are worth a look.

February 3, 2006
Top Critic

... an understated and heartfelt story, superbly acted, with a strong sense of people and place.

January 26, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Despite a meandering tone, Loggerheads is consistently watchable thanks to committed actors playing recognizable, decent folks just trying to do the right thing -- or rectify mistakes of the past.

January 12, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

This quiet community and family drama set on the North Carolina shore offers a bighearted outlook on how to absorb change and defeat.

Full Review… | December 9, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Slow, unadorned, compassionate, and earnest, Loggerheads is a low-fi throwback to the independent films of the 1980s and '90s -- heartland miniatures hewn from plainspoken lives.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Loggerheads has the best qualities of independent filmmaking.

November 11, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Loggerheads

Slow-paced like a turtle *** This review may contain spoilers *** At the beginning of 'Loggerheads', we're introduced to three pairs of seemingly unrelated characters. To make matters even more confusing, we're informed (via titles on the screen) that the action is taking place in three separate time lines (between the years 1999 and 2001). It takes a great deal of time but eventually we come to see how the three pairs are related: Mark Austin, a young man in his 20s, gay and HIV Positive is estranged from his conservative parents, Elizabeth and Rev. Robert Austin. Mark is now a drifter and arrives in Kure Beach, North Carolina, a seaside town, where he meets George (sensitively played by Michael Kelly), a gay motel owner and they eventually become involved with each other. Meanwhile, Mark's birth mother, Grace (played by Bonnie Hunt) has come to the point in her life where she has decided to find the son she gave up for adoption when she was 17. Similarly, Mark's adoptive mother, also has decided to track her estranged son as she misses him (despite the misgivings of her homophobic minister husband). 'Loggerheads' we're told is based on a true story and that perhaps is its Achilles Heel. Director/Writer Tim Kirkman tries too hard to create scenes fraught with dramatic tension where there is very little to be found. Take Mark and George?they're both sensitive souls who have little to disagree about. There's some slight tension when Grace faces off against an Adoption Agency Director who is forbidden by law to give her any information about her lost son as well as a slight conflict with her mother who denies that she disapproved of her when she became pregnant as a teenager. No sparks fly either between Elizabeth and Robert since the good Reverend has adamantly insisted from the beginning that he has no intention of reconciling with his son. 'Loggerheads' is similar to 'Brokeback Mountain' in that the gay couple are the good guys and the straight males (for example, the Kure Beach cop and the Reverend) are the baddies. The biggest letdown of the movie is that there is no interaction (and hence no dramatic conflict) between Mark and either one of his 'mothers'. Mark is already dead before either the birth or adoptive mother has a chance to reconcile with him. Kirkman's theme is both a plea for tolerance and an exhortation for family members to express their heartfelt feelings before it's too late! Kirkman's sentiments are for the most part well-intentioned but they do not make for good drama. Loggerheads moves along at a snail's pace without providing any new revelations (or suspense) regarding such topics as AIDS, Adoption and Homophobia. Ultimately 'Loggerheads' fails due to its slow pacing.

Lewis Papier
Lewis Papier

A bit sappy but very likeable movie about a woman's search for the child she gave up for adoption.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

WOW! To get a glimpse of the story, put your cursor on the movie cover. It gives a good summary. This is a powerful movie with some very finely drawn characters with some serous real life issues.. My favorite line: The minister's wife goes to a neighbor to complain about the very large nude statue of David she has in her front yard. She suggests that the neighbor move it to the back yard where everyone won't have to see it. The neighbor responds, :"That's how you deal with life, isn't it? Move everything you don't like out of sight and refuse to discuss it." Very good movie!

Glen Shrope
Glen Shrope

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