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This quiet, tender film explores grief, healing, and the unexpected possibilities that open up in life where we least expect them. Macon is a travel writer who grieves for his son who was murdered. He is aloof and cold most of the time. The stress of their son's death has caused he and his wife Sarah to split up, and he currently resides with his eccentric sister and two brothers, who, among other oddities, alphabetize their pantry and refuse to answer the telephone. Macon is a man who has sealed himself off from life as a result of his tragedy.

As part of the marital separation agreement, Macon retains custody of the family dog who was his son's best friend. Unable to discipline the unruly canine, he hires Miriam, a dog trainer, to help. Quirky and down to earth, with a sickly son, she is the opposite of Macon. The two nonetheless form a bond as she helps Macon recognize the good in all people, despite his sadness. With Miriam in his life, Macon's wounds slowly begin to heal.

| 1988 | 2 hr 1 min | 6.8/10 | 53/100
William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright
Lawrence Kasdan

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