Picks and Pans Review: Wildflower

updated 12/02/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/02/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

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B+

Diane Keaton directed this rural fable about a brother and sister (William McNamara and Man in the Moon's Reese Witherspoon) who befriend a near deaf epileptic (Patricia Arquette, another of Cliff Arquette's grandkids) kept in savage squalor in a solitary shack by her vicious step-daddy. The sibs teach her about book learning, and she teaches them and their bereft widower father (Beau Bridges) about the resilience of the human spirit.

Arquette gives a bold performance in this slow-starting but touching story. Keaton has a good eye for composition and a knack for making shafts of sunlight suggest God's sanctifying fingers.

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