Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick – 1978) A

Set in the early 20th century and tells the story of a trio, Bill (Richard Gere), Abby (Brook Adams) and Linda (Linda Manz), who leave Chicago to make more money as farmhands during the wheat harvest in the Texas pan handle. Bill and Abby pretend to be brother and sister because that was considered safer in their environment. We know that from Linda who narrates off and on throughout the film in her throaty voice and curious dialect. That narration feels like the spirit of this movie, I loved it. Soon, the wealthy farmer whose land they are working falls in love with Abby. Bill convinces Abby to marry the farmer since he heard that said farmer (we never learn his name…I wonder if Linda ever knew his name) is dying. This way within a year they will literally inherit the farm. Things however get a bit more complicated when the farmer seems to be doing well a year after they marry. It’s an excellent movie that has some spectacular haunting imagery, excellent performances and interesting characters.

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