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"The power of words."
4 stars

Not much to say for this delayed eulogizing exercise for eight men from Latter Company 60, lost during the frenzy of September 11th, except that it deserves to be seen.

Taken from a stage play, which the lead actress here, Sigourney Weaver, was involved in, and directed by her husband Jim Simpson, she is a writer who is ďneededĒ by a nonplussed captain to help in the construction of the lost menís eulogies. The film all takes place in her Manhattan home, composing the words the captain himself has used in almost real-time, assuredly painting these firefighters spoken of (fictional or not, I donít know) without sentimentalizing them. In other words, from their words, they sound like real heroes, not mythologized fragments. Every once in a while is an intermezzo with voiceover by Weaver, her own personal thoughts, opinions, observances, of and around the city. Itís expectedly a talky movie, but it doesnít ever come across as stagy or confined to the small space it uses. Instead, it grants itself a lofty spaciousness through the direct, succinct and powerful performances of Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia as the captain of the latter company. With language serving as the key to expression, it is undeniably a writerís movie ó not so much as in the episodic stories of something like Big Bad Love (also using the voice of Weaver to its advantage), but in a stream-of-consciousness that faces reality rather than tucking it away. The filmís power comes from the vulnerability in which it deals with, using its emotion for the path of direction and not as a stand post or simple marker, something that should still strike a chord for a long time from now.

[Worth-seeing.]

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5/17/08 PAUL SHORTT A WELL MEANING, GRACEFUL AND MOVING FILM AND A FINE MEMORIAL TO SEPTEMBER 11TH 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  04-Apr-2003 (PG)

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Directed by
  Jim Simpson

Written by
  Jim Simpson
  Anne Nelson

Cast
  Sigourney Weaver
  Anthony LaPaglia



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