Eye of God

Maybe the best film no one saw last year, Tim Blake Nelson’s EYE OF GOD (1997, Peachtree, R, $35) tracks the intertwined fates of three lost souls in a dying Oklahoma town. Martha Plimpton is touchingly guileless as a lonely waitress who takes a leap of faith when she weds a born-again ex-con (Kevin Anderson). Just as pitiable is Nick Stahl’s dazed teen orphan, who meets the couple at precisely the wrong moment. Through flashbacks, Nelson’s first feature reconstructs their stories piece by piece until the tragedy seems heartbreakingly inevitable. Yet what makes the film memorably bleak is the desolation in Hal Holbrook’s weary sheriff, who ponders wasted lives, asking ”Why?” of a God he can’t quite believe in anymore. A

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