Could the name above the title of this heartfelt, unabashedly sentimental family drama really be David Lynch? The man whose seminal BLUE VELVET introduced sadomasochism to the cineplex and whose TV serial Twin Peaks
brought incest and teenage prostitution
rings right into our living rooms? Oddly enough, this uncharacteristic offering from a director whose name instantly evokes a very particular kind of film — call it postmodern American gothic — is also one of his best. It's based on the true story of Alvin Straight, a 73-year-old widower
who, in 1994, traveled 240 miles from his home in Larens, IA, to reconcile with his ailing brother in Blue River, WI. On ...