August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Barbara Hershey, Kris Kristofferson, Leelee Sobieski
director
James Ivory
genre
Drama

STARRING Kris KRISTOFFERSON, Barbara HERSHEY, Jesse BRADFORD, Leelee SOBIESKI

DIRECTED BY James IVORY

For all those fans of novelist James Jones who can’t wait till December for Terrence Malick’s star-studded adaptation of The Thin Red Line, here’s an haute cuisine appetizer. Based on Kaylie Jones’ autobiographical novel about her childhood relationship with her famous pop (who also wrote From Here to Eternity), Soldier’s Daughter is the latest art-house madeleine from the Merchant Ivory team. Kristofferson stars as an American expat writer not so loosely based on Jones, who resettles his family in Paris during the late ’60s and ’70s. According to Ivory (who cowrote the script with longtime collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala), the film has been gestating ever since a coproducer on 1990’s Mr. & Mrs. Bridge gave him a copy of the book. ”To be honest, I have no idea why Jones is being rediscovered,” says Ivory. ”Taste changes all the time. But I think our film and The Thin Red Line can only help each other.” (Sept. 18)

THE LOWDOWN Post-summer moviegoers will be sick of special-effects junk food by the time this little film opens. But Merchant Ivory fans looking for a nice juicy classic adaptation to savor may leave Soldier still hungry.

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