Other Voices, Other Rooms

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

British director David Rocksavage makes an awful mess of an American classic with this muddle-headed adaptation of Truman Capote's novel. Shortly after his mother's death, 13-year-old Joel Sansom (David Speck) is summoned to the Southern mansion of his estranged father, whom Joel hasn't heard from in more than nine years. But whatever hope Joel may have...read more

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British director David Rocksavage makes an awful mess of an American classic with this muddle-headed adaptation of Truman Capote's novel. Shortly after his mother's death, 13-year-old Joel Sansom (David Speck) is summoned to the Southern mansion of his estranged father,

whom Joel hasn't heard from in more than nine years. But whatever hope Joel may have of a reunion starts fading the moment he arrives: His father is nowhere in sight, the house is in ruins and the only tenants seem to be his father's friend Randolph (Lothaire Bluteau), a neurasthenic aesthete with

a taste for florid silk kimonos; Miss Amy (Anna Thomson), his high-strung spinster cousin; and their housekeeper, Zoo (April Turner). Randolph and Miss Amy inhabit a morbid, childlike world where the clock has long since stopped, and as Joel comes closer to the truth about his father, he learns

how the present can become frozen by the secrets of the past. Capote's first published novel is a fragile cobweb of delicate memories and ghostly impressions that can withstand only so much rattling before it begins to crumble. And crumbs are really all Rocksavage and cowriter Sara Flanigan have

to offer: Fragments of the near-perfect book have been shaken loose and reassembled in a manner that has little to do with Capote's vision of loneliness and the desperate search for love. Speck's inexperience is a serious liability, and Thomson, who already bears an uncanny resemblance to Bette

Davis, has perhaps taken one cue to many from HUSH... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE. Bluteau, meanwhile, shuffles and drawls his way through the wreckage in what amounts to this clumsy film's strongest performance.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: British director David Rocksavage makes an awful mess of an American classic with this muddle-headed adaptation of Truman Capote's novel. Shortly after his mother's death, 13-year-old Joel Sansom (David Speck) is summoned to the Southern mansion of his est… (more)

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