Songs In Ordinary Time
A mysterious stranger who may or may not be a con man ingratiates himself into the life of a recently divorced woman and her young son. But the older two children are suspicious that he is out to get their mother’s money, and that he may have committed murder. “Songs In Ordinary Time” airs on CBS, Sunday, 10/22/00 (9-11 PM, ET/PT).
Spacek and Bridges shine, but the film has a dark, often depressing feel. The ex-husband is an alcoholic, the 1959 New England community is contemptuous of a divorced woman, church members are shown as unloving, and there is much strife in the home due to the father’s drinking and a shortage of money. Also, a priest has an affair with the underage daughter. One positive is the way the family comes through for one another. Their love for each other is strong. And while the Spacek character has had her struggles with the church, she is seen at the end, renewing her faith. But due to two implied sex scenes and the liaison between a Catholic priest and a young girl, I cannot recommend this production for family viewing.