on February 11, 2004
Run the Wild Fields is well-acted and respectable, but also a little boring. It's about a woman[Whalley] whose husband is gone, fighting in WWII, and has been missing in action for some time. She's bringing up her daughter by herself on the family farm, when a mysterious stranger shows up and enters their lives. This is a familiar premise, and maybe this particular story is a useful corrective, in its own way, to Adrian Lyne-style melodramatic excess, of which you certainly can't accuse this picture. Still the kid [Alex Vega] is pretty good, in what could've been a treacly, insuffrably sweet role. The adults are ok too.