Letters From the Big Man – Siff 2011 Movie Review

Letters From the Big Man [ USA (English), 2011, 115 minutes ]
Director: Christopher Munch
Principal Cast: Lily Rabe, Jason Butler Harner, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Jim Cody Williams, Karen Black
See it: June 2, 10, 11 at SIFF

Sarah (Lily Rabe) is a fiercely individualistic contract worker for the forest service and aspiring artist. Recovering from a failed relationship, she takes to the forest to rediscover herself and in the process comes into momentary contact with Sasquatch. Sasquatch begins courting a relationship with Sarah by leaving messages of artistically arranged feathers and rocks on the trails and by comforting Sarah with “telepathic” sound waves and inspiring her dreams. Sarah also has another man competing for attention and he’s not nearly as cool.

Overall Entertainment / Enjoyment: B-
The scenery shots and filming were generally very pleasing. Some of the scenes and dialogue seemed extremely contrived and the acting (primarily the support characters) had some issues from time to time, but I was more forgiving than most of my fellow screeners. The pace of the film is rather relaxed and may irritate those wanting a faster pace.

Acting: Mixed
I found myself torn on this one. Many of my fellow screeners were disappointed by the acting chops of Lily Rabe, who plays Sarah. I wasn’t as offended as they were because I happen to know real life people that act the same way. I gave her the benefit of the doubt that she played the “fiercely individualistic artist” as it was intended. The supporting cast seemed to hit and miss their marks.

Siff Provided Synopsis:
After swearing off relationships, a fiercely individualistic artist named Sarah (Lily Rabe, daughter of the late Jill Clayburgh) takes to the woods with the dual goals of surveying a stream and finding herself. As she ventures deeper into the wilds of southwestern Oregon, a series of strange incidents lead her to suspect that she isn’t alone, after all. Before long, Sarah’s mysterious neighbor reveals himself to be none other than Sasquatch himself, whose gruff exterior hides a mighty intellect and the soul of a poet. As their metaphysical, telepathic communication deepens, the encroaching threat of deforestation—as well as the attentions of a handsome fellow camper with his own hidden motives—lead Sarah to decide where her true allegiances lie. One of the strangest and gentlest Bigfoot movies ever made, idiosyncratic filmmaker Christopher Munch (The Hours and Times, The Sleepy Time Gal) has crafted a witty, lyrical, and eco-minded fable about trust, inner strength, and The Great Wide Open.

 

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