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A picturesque Pacific Northwest community raising its wheat and children in the midst of a nation reeling from World War I sets the stage for The Basket. In a time of pain and prejudice woven against a background of beauty, The Basket ultimately points to triumph and hope in a changing America.—Anonymous
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December 04, 2020 at 12:47 AM
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A GREAT HEART-WARMING FILM
I had the pleasure of seeing 'THE BASKET' over the Christmas holiday and thought it was fantastic. It wasn't a film that I had really heard much about although I gather it is beginning to make waves. I saw a mention of it in a newspaper saying that it starred KAREN ALLEN and had got good reviews, so I thought 'she's a cool actress - sounds good - I'll check it out'. I was really blown away!
The film is visually stunning with fantastic scenery and incredible framing. The acting by ALLEN (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman, Perfect Storm) and PETER COYOTE (E.T., Erin Brockovich) was superb, especially when ALLEN looks at her dying son Ben, then lifts her eyes to the heavens as if begging God for him to recover. I found this part of the film to be particularly poignant and moving. We were all crying when ALLEN breaks down and runs into the field. Wonderful acting - not O.T.T. - just right.
The young German children were also fab. I really felt for them all. The rousing music was nicely integrated as were the fully developed subplots regarding the harvester and Mr Emery's initial discrimination against the children. I would rate this film as one of the best all year. A very, very big well done for cast and crew and in particular first time director RICH COWEN! I think he has a great career ahead of him and I can't wait to see more of his work if it is of this calibre.
If you have not done so, seek out this film and go and see it. A 10 out of 10 all round winner! Apparently a 'loaded' DVD is in the works.
true to the time and place
This was a video store closeout, and a remarkable find. The best part first. Having had relatives and in-laws who lived there in the time, this looks and feels real. The horse drawn harvester, to start with. The blue sky and tufts of clouds, the golden hills and pines - not fake at all - it's the northern Palouse in early fall. The attitudes of the people are just what I'd expect. Suspicious of anything new or foreign - Spokane was the IWW headquarters just prior to this period, and dangerous radicals such as Joe Hill(strom) wandered all through the basin making trouble for the established citizenry. WWI had a huge effect on Northwest labor history, and the tension between loyalty and freethinking was strong. Yet there was also the great thirst for culture, and a pre-mass media naivete, in these places - a yearning for art perhaps inspired by living in the midst of great beauty. Finally, all those stark white houses, churches and schoolhouse sitting forlornly out in the wide open. The movie gets ALL of this right.
Sadly, there isn't much of a story to complement the pictures. The problem with small town life is that it was boring, and it's hard to find a believable story with a lot of drama that fits. Focused on the relationships only, this might have been something like A River Runs Through It or Napoleon Dynamite (both of which play against similar scenic backdrops). Focused on the sports story, perhaps Hoosiers. Focused on outsiders fitting in, perhaps Days of Heaven. But muddled all together, it comes out like a string of TV episodes, like Little House on the Prairie. Very melodramatic, with all the music swells and dramatic incidents that usually precede a commercial.