SCREEN GEM: A Walk on the Moon (1999)
”A Walk on the Moon” is a past gem from Oscar nominee Diane Lane
COSTARS Liev Schreiber, Viggo Mortensen, Anna Paquin
PREMISE In 1969, the summer of Neil Armstrong and Woodstock, young Jewish wife Lane tastes freedom at a low-rent Catskills resort when she has an affair with hippie merchant Mortensen, shattering her family (square hubby Schreiber, sexually blossoming daughter Paquin) in the process.
FUN FACT In an interview, screenwriter Pamela Gray recalled firsthand the culture clash of tradition-minded Jews and hippies at Woodstock, a time when the local kosher butcher shop renamed itself ”The Funky Chicken.”
WHY IT’S GREAT Lane simmers, then boils over, (like the similarly adulterous wife she plays in ”Unfaithful”), offering a compelling burst of conflicting emotions.