Retro Review: Harrison’s Flowers

On the surface this could be the sappiest film of all time. But it’s pure reverence and delightful true story make it a hidden gem.

Andie MacDowell stars as Sarah Lloyd, a devoted wife who must journey into war-torn Yugoslavia and find her missing photo-journalist husband, Harrison Lloyd (David Strathairn). Helping her on her quest are fellow journalists, Kyle (Adrien Brody) and Chris (Gerard Butler).

“Harrison’s Flowers” is as powerful and majestic as it sounds.

I am a great admirer of feature films about war correspondents. This is the first of two I have added to this list.

I was awe-struck to see how much Andie MacDowell has grown as an actress. She is purely riveting.

This is a very long way from her film debut in “Greystoke” where she was dubbed over by Glenn Close. I am also a strong supporter of Strathairn.

He is one of the most under-used and under-rated working in Hollywood today.

If you want to see another great Strathairn performance, watch “Limbo”.

I also really enjoyed Brody and Butler in this film. It is such a shame that more people didn’t see this amazing gem.

(4.5 out of 5)

So Says the Soothsayer.

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