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The Straight Story (1999). Directed by David Lynch and based on a true story. The story starts with Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) discovering that his brother has had a stroke. Alvin is a physically disabled World War II veteran, and living with his mentally disabled daughter (Sissy Spacek). He hasn't talked to his brother in years, following an argument, and decides to go and see him on his ride-on lawnmower, 240 miles away - due to his disability he does not have a driving license. For me The Straight Story is best described as a quirky road movie. In true David Lynch style it has an odd atmosphere to it, with Alvin's semi-strange encounters along the way. There's some fascinating and sad history to the film, as Farnsworth had bone cancer during the filming (his walking on canes was genuine) and then committed suicide the following year due to the pain. I liked the film, and it felt heartfelt, but ultimately I did not find it particularly entertaining. Those who enjoy films with a delicate atmosphere and quirkiness might get something from it. 3/5 (Average)

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