“If we could just love each other as much as we say we love Him… I expect there’d be much less trouble in the world.”
When Edna Mae (Ellen Burstyn) dies in a car crash, she returns to life with amazing healing powers. While she has the best of intentions, she must deal with those who doubt the veracity and the source of her power, including her abusive new lover, Cal (Sam Shepard).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Ellen Burstyn Films
- Supernatural Powers
- Untimely Death
Response to Peary’s Review:
Although Peary is an enormous fan of this “special film” which “slipped by moviegoers in 1980”, I find it ultimately unsatisfying. Burstyn’s wonderful performance — which Peary names as Best of the Year in his Alternate Oscars — can’t erase the fact that the script never reaches its full potential; most egregious is the focus on Edna Mae’s romance with the wildly inconsistent Cal, a “spousal-abuse” subplot which ultimately just distracts us from the real drama of Edna Mae’s miraculous story.
- Burstyn’s quietly powerful performance as a woman who simply wants to do good in the world
- Edna Mae healing her own legs and learning to walk again
No. While based on an intriguing premise, this movie ultimately doesn’t quite deliver.