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    A Rumor of Angels

    Something's missing

    The story of two people coping with loss doesn't rise above sentimentality in "A Rumor of Angels."


    Set on the Maine coast, "A Rumor Of Angels" is a coming-of-age story that deals with loss and the ways we cope — or don't cope — with it.

    Directed by: Peter O'Fallon.
    Written by: James Eric from book by Grace Duffie Boylan.
    Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Ray Liotta, Catherine McCormack, Trevor Morgan, Ron Livingston, George Coe, Michelle Grace, Karsen Liotta..

    Related links: Official site
    Twelve-year-old James, spending the summer with his uncle, his often-absent father (Ray Liotta), and a stepmother he has a chilly comtempt for, breaks the fence of the town recluse, Maddy Bennett (Vanessa Redgrave). A stern and intimidating woman, Maddy insists that James repair the fence. Although he is scared of her, James agrees.

    Soon the ice thaws between Maddy and James and they become close friends. They both have something in common: loss of a close loved one. Maddy's son was killed in Vietnam and James' mother died in a car crash. Maddy has coped with the loss of her son by writing a book of messages he has sent her from the afterlife via Morse code and she shares it with James, much to the consternation of James' parents.

    "A Rumor of Angels" does tug at the heartstrings, but unfortunately those heartstrings aren't tied to anything concrete as we're expected to have feelings for these characters without being given any real reason to. Some aspects of the film are just hard to believe, like Maddy's sudden change from cranky spinster to someone brimming with joie de vivre. The performances for the most part are good enough, but the film on the whole is merely sappy and lacking in substance.

    FEBRUARY 13, 2002

    Reader comments on A Rumor of Angels:

  • Re: A Rumor of Angels   from Kelly Gray, Aug 18, 2002
  • Re: A Rumor of Angels   from Ruth Cremin, Dec 12, 2002
  • excellent movie   from Elizabeth E., Feb 10, 2003
  • Wornderful film!   from brian, Feb 23, 2003
  • Re: excellent movie   from Dee, Apr 14, 2003
  • a rumor of angels   from jim, May 16, 2003
  • Once again the critics got it wrong!   from David, Jul 7, 2003
  • what's NOT to get??!!!   from doug, Oct 18, 2003
  • Great Movie   from George, Jan 15, 2004
  • Message of Hope   from Clare, Jan 16, 2004
  • The critics comments lack substance.   from Anthony, Jan 20, 2004
  • GREAT MOVIE   from Racquel, Mar 8, 2004
  • Critic is very closed minded   from William Perez, Oct 22, 2005
  • Re: Critic is very closed minded   from Jon Bagley, Dec 28, 2006

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