My husband and I have been too busy during our TV time together, watching all the great new shows that just started (and some old favorites), so we haven't had much time left for movies. But I did what I have been doing lately and watched a quieter, mellower movie on my own while he was out golfing last week.
Most of the movie follows Marie on her journey,
as she heads down the Redwood Highway (Oregon) toward the coast, through
gorgeous parks and forests. She starts out a little rough, with the
expected problems - terrible blisters, exhaustion, frustration - but she
meets a kind stranger in one town named Pete, played by Tom Skerritt,
who helps her with both first aid and emotional support and gives her
the strength to continue. Marie camps along the way (she is obviously an
experienced backpacker from years past) and meets other interesting
people - most of them very kind, some not so much.
she walks, Marie has plenty of time to think (as one does while
long-distance hiking!) and revisits her past, finally facing up to some
haunting memories. Meanwhile, while she is on this journey of discovery,
her son and grand-daughter are panicked that she has gone missing and
have police and search parties looking for her. I really enjoyed this
quiet, contemplative movie. As a past backpacker myself, I loved all the
natural beauty and scenes of hiking and camping and was glad to go
along with Marie on her journey of re-awakening. It's a lovely,
Redwood Highway is currently available free on Amazon Prime and on Netflix, as well as on DVD.
Have you seen any good movies lately?