Hollow Reed (1996)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance


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Following the break-up of his marriage after revealing his homosexuality, GP Martin Wyatt loses custody of his son Oliver to his now ex-wife Hannah and her new partner Frank. It is not long... See full summary »


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15 October 1998 | Red7Eric
A very moving film
When I rented this movie with friends, I expected it to be a trite melodrama of the "TV-movie of the week" variety. But it has two things going for it that elevate the film above soap opera.

The first is the performance of young Sam Bould as the abused child. One of the best performances from a young actor I have ever seen, without a trace of cutesiness, mugging, or self-consciousness.

The second is the character of Hannah. Here is a deeply flawed woman who willingly puts her own son through hell, and yet so skillfully written and played by Joely Richardson, I sympathized with her throughout. This is an extraordinary character, and I was really impressed by the way she was handled.

The one major flaw of this film is that the two gay men are wonderful parents, and the straight couple are such awful parents...the film is so pro-gay it verges on being anti-straight. But, as stated above, Joely Richardson's performance keeps you from making any easy judgments about Hannah. She saves the film from treacly melodrama.

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Release Date:

18 April 1997

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK, Germany, Spain, France

Filming Locations

Bath, Somerset, England, UK

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,284 20 April 1997

Gross USA:

$265,732

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$265,732

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