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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

Director:
Robert Altman
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Musical
NORWEGIAN TITLE
A Prairie Home Companion
RUNNING TIME
105 minutes
Producer:
Robert Altman
Wren Arthur
Joshua Astrachan
Tony Judge
David Levy
Screenwriter:
Garrison Keillor


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dusty Woody Harrelson
Axeman Tommy Lee Jones
GK Garrison Keillor
Guy Noir Kevin Kline
Lola Johnson Lindsay Lohan
Dangerous Woman Virginia Madsen
Lefty John C. Reilly
Molly Maya Rudolph
Yolanda Johnson Meryl Streep
Rhonda Johnson Loly Tomlin
Chuck L. Q. Jones

 

Review

This talky, amusing film makes for a worthy swansong for a legendary filmmaker. Centered around Garrison Keillor's real-life radio show of the same name, A Prairie Home Companion is all about tribute and nostalgia, which in retrospect seems very appropriate. The film has time for the things modern entertainment cuts past, and Altman and his ensemble cast present it with warmth and gentle humour. Combining Keillor's (more or less) real-life persona and staff with some pleasant characterizations from Hollywood stars (notably Reilly and Streep/Tomlin as two colourful sisters) works well, and the film is at its best when Altman crosscuts his different characters as they alternate between working their vaudeville numbers and chit-chatting about the little things in life. Where A Prairie Home Companion doesn't quite work, however, is with the inclusion of its noir mystery. The Virginia Madsen-character is too much symbolism and her scenes seem out of place. This by no means Robert Altman at his best, but it is an enjoyable little film that might attract some new viewer's to the vast catalogue he leaves behind.

Copyright 22.2.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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