MOVIE REVIEW~The Cider House Rules (1999)


"the rules of the apple farm" seems to be the closest thing. A film adaptation of a novel by John Irving directed by Lasse Hallström . There, Rachel Portman made some music that suits the film very well - like a brook flowing gently, one great actor ( Michael Caine : Best Supporting Actor for this film) and two great young actors ( Tobey Maguire & Charlize Theron ). A masterpiece that won two Academy Awards (Best Screenplay & Best Supporting Actor ). Another film directed by Lee, What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) is also on my top pick. A lot of people watch movies depending on the director, but Rob Reiner is also my favourite.

An orphanage in the mountains, the director of the orphanage, Dr. Wilbur Larch takes care of countless children like two nurses. Dr Larch, who is also an excellent doctor, performs abortions on unwed mothers who have come all the way to the mountains with their children in their womb, that is, in the case of abortions (for women who have been forced through majeure). It was the background of the early 1900s, so it was an impossible choice considering the situation in which the mother would not know what would happen if she did not perform this procedure at the time. Even doing this, they come to the mountains and live with the children who were secretly left behind by a certain parent or abandoned when they do not want children. Every day before going to bed, he reads a funny story to the orphanage boys and says, "Goodnight, you Princes of Maine, you Kings of New England!" He also does not forget to instill dreams in children. The nurses also praying earnestly every night for the girls are also a little routine at this orphanage.

"O, Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen."

Dr. who had an attachment to one of those abandoned children. Larch - The child's name is Homer Wells. As he grew up, the boy's intelligence was revealed, and Dr. Larch teaches this child medicine. He was a young man like a son, but Dr. Larch doesn't show affection for him, though. Homer, who had mastered all the medical techniques the doctor had taught him, but only opposed abortion.

As he got older, he was gradually finding his own way, and one day, he was fascinated by a woman named Candy who came with a soldier who seemed to be his lover to have an abortion (but made it clear that it wasn't her). They run out of the orphanage with people. He himself could not stop the enthusiasm of the young boy, and Dr. Larch also knows that Homer will have to leave, so he can't stop him.

After that, Homer learns the world outside of the orphanage, taking on multiple jobs at Ocean View Orchards, run by Candy's fiancée's parents. In Homer's eyes, everything appears to be a new, strange, and surprising world - a small world where you live with your landlord, your neighbours, and your migrant workers - just as exciting, fun, and surprising. Living here, Homer adapts to the world and naturally forgets about the work at the orphanage, but experiences and witnesses other things that the world has not just given to him, the happy and beautiful things - the dark side of the world. Perhaps this is the true face of the world? Homer, who comes to think of it, may have thought that the world was a dangerous and evil place in the beginning, unlike just living peacefully in everyday life in an orphanage. In it, Homer seems to find solace in Candy's arms, but this was also wrong.

At first, it was sweet and dreamy, but as soon as he saw the evil side of the world and people that came to light, he wondered if he would live like that in the end. Homer, who was living day by day, hears a news from the orphanage - Dr. It was news of Larch's death. Homer only then finds out what he had to do and where he was supposed to be; It was taking care of the orphanage children who were left behind, taking care of the patients who would come and going, and being the strength of two delicate nurses. It's hard, but Homer leaves the world he's been looking for, and the woman he loved (no, he's indulged in) - a place where good and evil seem to coexist ambiguously and returns to the country orphanage. On the first night of his return, Homer went to Dr. After reading the book to the children, as Larch did during his lifetime, he said, "Goodnight you Princes of Maine, you Kings of New England!" The last scene where you tell the children to fade out.

In fact, this movie was made with a very different story from the original novel. In the case of the original novel, the ugly and immoral contents that are quite repulsive are expressed without shame, but the film was made after almost excluding these aspects, in a way, it seems that the result is completely different from the original. Anyway, the title the novel and the movie have in common (The Cider House Rules) is a list of rules that migrant workers must follow in Ocean View Orchards. But the illiteracy rate of migrant workers is so low that none of them read or understood these rules, they were just meaningless rules posted on the wall. Rules that no one obeys, rules that no one seems to follow, whether they have made a promise to the owner's house or to migrant workers, who only think they're keeping it tacitly. In the end, I think it meant 'a rule that no one knows, understands, and therefore no one follows'.

The series of events that took place in this orchard makes the world feel like hell, and the orphanage feels like heaven. It's a good movie that makes you think about where you should be, what you should protect, and what you should reject.

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I liked this film, and I adored the book! Very powerful perfomances as well definitely made this afilm to remember!