Watch A Rumor of Angels
- 1 hr 45 min
A Rumor of Angels is a 2000 drama movie directed by Peter O'Fallon, starring Vanessa Redgrave, Ray Liotta, and Catherine McCormack. The story follows thirteen-year-old James Neubauer (Trevor Morgan), who is struggling to come to terms with his father's death. James' father was a pilot who died in the Vietnam War, leaving James and his mother, Mary (McCormack), alone. One day, James meets Maddy Bennett (Redgrave), an elderly woman who claims to have known his father. She tells James stories about his father, and they become friends. James is fascinated by Maddy's belief in angels and her stories of her encounters with them. Despite initially being wary of her claims, James' skepticism slowly fades. Mary, however, is skeptical of Maddy and her claims. She believes that Maddy is just a lonely old woman who is trying to use James to fill a void in her life. Mary wants James to focus on his studies and not get distracted with Maddy's fanciful stories. Additionally, James' relationships with his mother and grandfather are strained. His grandfather, whose own son died in WWII, is bitter and distant. Mary is overprotective of James and struggles to connect with him emotionally. As James spends more time with Maddy, he learns about her past and how she ended up all alone in a remote cabin in the woods. Maddy has her own demons to deal with, and she too is trying to make amends with her past by helping James. Maddy not only provides James with stories of his father but also teaches him valuable life lessons. As James gets closer to Maddy, his mother becomes increasingly concerned. Her fears are compounded when she discovers that James has been skipping school to spend time with Maddy. She forbids James from seeing Maddy anymore but James defies her and runs away to Maddy's cabin. It is in the cabin that James learns the truth about his father and finds closure. The movie explores themes of loss, grief, loneliness, and the search for meaning in life. It is a heartwarming story of two unlikely friends who help each other come to terms with their past and find hope and healing. The film was praised for its performances, particularly that of Vanessa Redgrave who received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Maddy. The movie's cinematography was also praised for its use of natural light and the beautiful landscapes of rural Maine. A Rumor of Angels is a moving and poignant movie that will touch the hearts of viewers young and old. It is a reminder that hope and healing can come from the unlikeliest of sources, and that we are all in need of love and companionship.