Director John Madden's screen version of the classic Edith Wharton novel is faithful to the point of reverence. Featuring a strong performance by Liam Neeson in the title role, ETHAN FROME is a rigorous and classically constructed film, as no-frills and straightforward as its period New
Newly arrived from Boston, the young and progressive Reverend Smith (Tate Donovan) makes friendly overtures toward the reclusive and resistant Frome. Frome remains chilly and distant, while Smith's congregation is taciturn and tight-lipped at their new pastor's admonishments to extend charity to
the village outcast. Mrs. Hale (Katharine Houghton) finally relat...