A God-fearing bluesman (Jackson) takes to a wild young woman (Ricci) who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.
I absolutely loved this movie. The story, the camera, the direction, the music, and the acting. I loved them all. The only shaky leg to the table was J.T., but not even he could bring her down.
Samuel L. was at the top of his game setting the mold for the unmoving old farmer. His eyes were on fire and his language harsh, yet his heart tender to only the bruised little petal the fluttered upon his driveway. There are many definitions for bad ass and Jackson personifies it here and above the rest.
The underlying character of the movie is the musical style of the blues which is married tightly and beautifully with the characters and the story. When the music starts playing it takes you exactly where the director intended you to be.
This movie is raw, dirty, and full of the hard stuff yet its landing is meaningful, deep, and truly profound.
Moving up the ranks to surely be one of my all time favorites.