This post civil war tale shows us how tough it was back them to just make a living, much less live well. The central story is about “Sommersby” who returns to his wife and small farming town looking strange, smaller, and different in many ways. It’s a love story in fact about a man and wife who appear to be getting to know each other for the first time.
Jon Amiel is our director. He has a prolific resume including “Entrapment” and several others still coming out up to the present day.
Upon his return, our hero is able to make friends with a lot in the town, though not everybody. A couple swear he isn’t who he claims to be. He is able to get along and weave back into his community. In a way this is a mystery. We keep wondering who this man really is. The real Sommersby or someone else. It is masterfully crafted, I highly enjoyed this film. I can’t think of any reason to mark it down. 10/10.