I love The Straight Story. Watching that movie, for me, is like listening to a favorite album I can just reset the needle on over and over again all day long on a lazy day around the house. I'm pretty sure Harry Dean Stanton is still around. He's always worth checking out, whatever role he plays. Sissy Spacek is phenomenal too as the developmentally disabled mother who's lost custody of her kids, living with her elderly father -- a recent stroke survivor (Richard Farnsworth) -- who's got one last mission in life riding a lawn tractor ... the look in her vacated eyes staring out the window, Sissy Spacek's ... makes me nearly despondent myself over her devastating loss, just contemplating it ... and all of it, her unspeakably sad loss, conveyed on film, completely without words. That's the power of great acting and great David Lynch film making. And that moving, melancholic soundtrack, written and performed by Angelo Badalamenti -- ahhhhhhh. Or the circulating, resplendent cinematography: the same images, like the chorus of a song, replayed with soaring power again and again. Images of bucolic farmland and pastures. Wide shots of wheat fields swaying in orchestral-like oneness with the autumn winds.
that profound ending.
That stunning camera shot.