Picks and Pans Review: Journey
updated 12/11/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/11/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
A restless and troubled woman (Meg Tilly) bolts the family farm after yet another rancorous battle with her father (Jason Robards), leaving behind her two children. Her 11-year-old boy (Max Pomeranc) feels particularly sad and abandoned and blames Robards for Tilly's departure.
Gradually, Robards begins to heal the rift with his grandson by passing on to the boy his own passion for photography, showing him the epiphanies buried in casual family snapshots. Pomeranc, who starred in the 1993 film Searching for Bobby Fischer, brings a soulful quality to the emotionally bruised youth. Robards turns in a rich and resonant performance as the eccentric shutterbug. Journey is remarkably uneventful—about the most momentous occurrence is the birth of a litter of kittens—but it is also singularly touching.