Picks and Pans Review: Carried Away
Sooner or later, everyone gets naked, both physically and emotionally, in this moving film about love, passion and lust and the differences between the three. Irving and Hopper portray middle-aged teachers in rural Texas. The two have been having a desultory affair for years, but Hopper suspects there's more to life and love. When a 17-year-old Lolita (Amy Locane) enrolls in his class and comes on to him, Hopper hops into a hayloft with her. Their trysting and shouting, in turn, rekindle his romance with Irving.
It sounds sort of icky, but it doesn't play that way. Director Bruno Barreto Keeps his focus on the delicate emotional changes his characters are going through, and there's actually much humor in the film. Hopper, obviously thrilled at not having to play yet another wild-eyed villain, burrows deep and makes his repressed character's discovery of passion almost heroic. (R)