Der starke Wille (1980)

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Der starke Wille: Directed by Daniel Petrie. With Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom. A woman enters the afterlife briefly after a car crash that kills her husband. But she survives – and finds herself possessing strange powers.

“A woman suffers a nearly fatal automobile accident and loses her husband. In her recovery, she discovers miraculous healing powers. u0026quot;Resurrectionu0026quot; does not directly address the scientific or the spiritual explanations of faith healing. Rather, it focuses on the healing properties of love. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWhile there is much to say about the powerful message of u0026quot;Resurrection,u0026quot; this review will focus primarily on the acting. The entire cast effortlessly and perfectly portray their characters even in the smaller roles. Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom, and Eva Le Gallienne evoke especially memorable performances that ring true emotionally with many layers of raw feeling exposed.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eTwenty-five years have passed since the release of u0026quot;Resurrection.u0026quot; It is especially instructive to compare this film with movies in the twenty-first century that are action-intensive with sound tracks that overwhelm both the drama and the spoken word. In u0026quot;Resurrection,u0026quot; it is refreshing to hear every word and syllable articulated so clearly by the performers. Eva Le Gallienne, a luminary of the American theatre, is a revelation in her small role, with beautiful, crisp speech along with powerful emotional nuances. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe healing scenes in the film were sensitively portrayed. Director Daniel Petrie and screenwriter Lewis John Carlino deserve kudos for this work. However, their contributions would not be realized without the incandescent performance of Ellen Burstyn. Again, it was her sensitive vocal characterization that was so effective in the powerful moments of healing. Her character Edna Mae was able to reach out to people and to make deep personal connections primary through her vocal inflections and her powerful aura of love. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWhen this film first appeared on the big screen in 1980, it did not receive much acclaim. And through the years, it has been difficult even to locate a copy on video. But u0026quot;Resurrectionu0026quot; is a minor masterpiece and in its message of love, it is a film for the ages.”


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