Directed by David Lynch (USA/France/UK, 1999, 112 min.). 35mm.

David Lynch meets Disney in this heartwarming (but somehow still Lynchian) drama, recounting the true story of an extraordinary man. Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth), an aging veteran, is living a modest life in Iowa with his disabled daughter Rose (Sissy Spacek) when he gets word that his estranged brother Lyle (Stanton) has suffered a stroke. Without a driver’s license, Alvin decides to build a trailer big enough to sleep in and then tow it behind his lawnmower to Lyle’s house in Wisconsin. Along the way, he meets a host of characters struggling with their own challenges, and offers wisdom and comfort to each one. Farnsworth plays his final role with touching sincerity, while Lynch adds visual flair to an otherwise simple story. True to form, Stanton leaves a lasting impression with his fleeting time on screen.

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