It has been a while since I last saw this amazing film directed by Robert Redford. A glimpse of life in the 80s, it is, to be sure, but it is so much more that defies any restriction to time.

The enduring effects of the loss of a child are seen in the dynamics of this family. It is a draining film to watch as the viewer sees the implications of loss for the individuals and for the family unit. I do not want to give away the details of this story but it is worth a view as a slice of humanity.

Characters are true-to-life and that, along with the hauntingly, mesmerizing score of Pachelbel’s Canon leaves the movie viewer entranced by the daily lives of these Ordinary People.


Author: Patricia McGoldrick

Poet Writer Reviewer Environment, Nature, Agriculture, People, and History are favorite topics to write about. Upcycling materials into handmade books is a fun challenge!