The Stone Angel

28 06 2009

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Yeah, yeah, I watch a lot of movies!!!

I just finally watched the movie version of “The Stone Angel.” I believe this movie was put out about two years ago, 2007.  The reason I wanted to watch it was because The Stone Angel happens to be one of my favorite books.  It is unique because it is probably the only book I read in highschool that I ever genuinely enjoyed.  Also, it hurts me to say this, but probably the only book by a Canadian writer that I genuinely enjoyed.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve liked books written by Canadian authors, but not genuinely.  Adding to this, I didn’t even enjoy any of Margaret Laurence’s other works.  Margaret Laurence herself had a very ingriguing life, even a rather dramatic end.  She’s a fine example of a truly Canadian woman in my humble opinion. Read more here if  you’re interested.

Back to the movie.  So, The Stone Angel, is about a young-old woman named Hagar Shipley, and well, a stone angel.  Hagar’s mother passed when giving birth to her younger brother.  Hagar’s father so in love with his late wife honoured her life by importing a massive, beautiful stone angel as a headstone.  The story follows Hagar’s tumultuous life, which is a series of results based on her impulsive decisions.  As her son John would say she “always bet on the wrong horse.” It’s a story about love, life, femininity, aging and finally, loss.  Throughout the story of Hagar’s life, her family members’ names, one by one, are etched under the stone angel.  In the beginning of the story, we know that old-Hagar is going to die, so we know from the start that The Stone Angel is patiently waiting.  One interpretation would be that The Stone Angel symbolizes Hagar’s mother.  Always looking over her, waiting for her to come back to her one day.

The movie was GREAT.  I had some apprehensions, since it is a Telefilm Canada movie, and Canadian films don’t necessarily have the biggest budgets for films, let’s just say.  But it was amazing.  Ellyn Burstyn starred as the older Hagar Shipley, and wasn’t she amazing?  In fact I thought the entire cast of actors were just outstanding!  With the notable exception of Ellen Page.  She was rather disappointing in this, but then she’s more of a comedic actress anyway.  Ellyn Burstyn was just fantabulous!  Isn’t she always though?  She’s real class. Also, Kevin Zegers, as Hagar’s son John was outstanding.  I just love him!  Everything I see him in I just find him so magnetising!  It’s like  you can’t take your eyes off him, and you wish his eyes were on you!  And Cole Hauser was great as Bram!  How could you NOT marry him?  All tanned and strong on that horse?  Even if he was a drunk!  lol.

Whereas the film was great, her life was rather depressing.  It really was the result of some poor decisions and not knowing herself very well.  But at the same time, she followed her heart, she really did.  Even if she did regret it later, which she shouldn’t have.   She was amazingly head-strong even to her detriment.  I really think that her leaving her husband Bram was a big mistake.  He was really the love of her life, and I think she gave up on him too soon. For me, if someone has a problem (Bram’s alcoholism) in the relationship, you both do, and she should have at least tried to help him with it.  But, she left him for a good 10 years or so.  Then only came back to see him die.  How sad!  I think even though her decisions were impulsive, she should have stuck with them.  Because, you can do anything you like in life, as long as you’re willing to face the consequences of those actions, right?

Young Hagar Currie, portrayed by Samantha Weinstein

Young Hagar Currie, portrayed by Samantha Weinstein

Hagar Currie (Christine Horne) and Bram Shipley (Cole Hauser) falling in love

Hagar Currie (Christine Horne) and Bram Shipley (Cole Hauser) falling in love

The Stone Angel overlooking Hagar and Bram's wedding

The Stone Angel overlooking Hagar and Bram's wedding

The Stone Angel overlooking Hagar's father's burial

The Stone Angel overlooking Hagar's father's burial

Bram Shipley (Cole Hauser) after Hagar leaves him

Bram Shipley (Cole Hauser) after Hagar leaves him

Fallen Stone Angel, when Hagar returns home after abandoning it

Fallen Stone Angel, when Hagar returns home after abandoning it

Hagar with Bram when he passes, some 10 years later

Hagar with Bram when he passes, some 10 years later

Hagar's Sons: Marvin Shipley (Dylan Baker) and John Shipley (Kevin Zegers) at their father's death

Hagar's Sons: Marvin Shipley (Dylan Baker) and John Shipley (Kevin Zegers) at their father's death

The Stone Angel, Hagar's family legacy, after son John passes

The Stone Angel, Hagar's family legacy, after son John passes

Hagar (Ellyn Burstyn) returns to her old abandoned home some 50 years later dying of cancer

Hagar (Ellyn Burstyn) returns to her old abandoned home some 50 years later dying of cancer

Old Hagar (Ellyn Burstyn) at 94 years old, dying of cancer reminisces on her life

Old Hagar (Ellyn Burstyn) at 94 years old, dying of cancer reminisces on her life

Life flashing before her eyes. Bram (Cole Hauser) the love of her life, offering one last ride

Life flashing before her eyes. Bram (Cole Hauser) the love of her life, offering one last ride

Into the sunset they go...

Into the sunset they go...

The Stone Angel, forever she remains.

The Stone Angel, forever she remains.

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7 01 2010
Cindy

I am looking for the theme song of The Stone Angel, but I cannot locate it
anywhere… Do you know where I can find it to download? I’m not sure what
the name of the song is, but it plays throughout the movie and and it’s the
first song that plays following the end of the movie… It almost sounds like a
Native American song, and I don’t understand the words…
Thanks for any info!
Cindy

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