Author: Daryn Wiseman
Location: Lake Stevens, WA
"The Bean Trees"
Directed by: Niko Caro
Written by: Larry McMurtry and Diana Osanna
Music by: Gustavo Santaolalla
Winona Ryder (Taylor Greer)
Ashley Judd (Lou Ann)
Aaron Eckhart (Estevan)
Rachel Weisz (Alice Greer)
Meryl Streep (Mattie)
Tagline: "The shared burden of womanhood has been revealed"
Synopsis: Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity for putting down roots. Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.
What the press would say:
This film follows the gritty, outspoken Taylor Greer, played by exceptional Winona Ryder, who leaves her native Kentucky to head west. The blue-collar setting, shown vibrantly, often turns violent, with baby beatings, street brawls, and drug busts. Despite the hurt and rage, themes of love and nurturing emerge. A refreshingly upbeat, presentable effort by everyone involved – BRAVO!
Best Director: Niko Caro
Best Adapted Screenplay: Larry McMurtry and Diana Osanna
Best Original Score: Gustavo Santaolalla
Best Actress: Winona Ryder
Best Supporting Actress: Ashley Judd
Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep