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Jayne Mansfield’s Car
With the Lone Star film festival in Fort Worth right now, I see a lot of movies in my near future. Here is a look at “Jayne Mansfield’s Car”
Lone Star Achievement in Film Acting Awardee, Billy Bob Thornton returns to directing with an ensemble drama about families and the effects of combat on the complicated relationships between fathers and sons, Jayne Mansfield’s Car looks at two colorful clans in 1969. Brought together by the death of a woman who was married, first to the Alabaman Jim Caldwell and then to the British Kingsley Bedford, her families meet for the first time at the Caldwells’ home with uneasy curiosity. The culture clash of the Sixties, and of the Old World versus the Old South, become a backdrop for the Caldwells’ and the Bedfords’ heartfelt and sometimes hilarious struggles with long-held resentments, family rivalries and secrets, and the memories of war and how it shaped them all.
This was a beautifully acted movie with everything you would expect from Billy Bob Thornton. There are hilarious parts, sad parts, and pieces that will make you extremely uncomfortable. Early parts theme together later in the movie, tying it all together very well. Parts that are extremely disturbing Thorton films beautifully, turning tragedy into art. If you get a chance to see this movie, go check it out. It is worth the charge of admission. Be warned though, you’re going to go through a roller coaster of emotions.