Jewel-like in its mounting, THE MAN IN THE MOON is a superb, timeless film which can and should become part of the treasured trove of minimalist art films that live on in memory and experience.
The setting is idyllic--a sparsely populated area in rural Louisiana in the 1950s, a time and place where familial ties are stronger and dreams are more vivid and compelling than mundane concerns. Matthew Trant (Sam Waterston) is a hardworking, loving father whose wife Abigail (Tess Harper) is
very pregnant. Both are hopeful it will be a boy because they already have two daughters, 14-year-old Dani (Reese Witherspoon) and 17-year-old Maureen (Emily Warfield).