Sunday, September 03, 2006

Lassie Come-Home

An absolutely beautiful retelling of Eric Knight's classic story, Lassie Come-Home.

The acting is perfect. The film is full of small roles by sublime British actors
including Robert Hardy, Edward Fox, Kelly Macdonald, Jemma Redgrave and others. Peter O'Toole is the local lord who buys Lassie. How wonderful to see him as a sly and cagey aristocrat who does have a soft spot for his dogs and his granddaughter. Young Jonathan Mason is endearing as Joe who loves his dog so much and cannot understand why his family would sell him.

Take your hankies. Filmed in Ireland, the Isle of Man and Scotland, the scenery is so breathtaking it will bring tears to your eyes even if the story does not.

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