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As the pandemic goes on, stay-at-home guidelines are forcing many families into day upon day of togetherness. Might some families at least be making the best of things by talking to each other more? Really talking? Not likely. Even during good times, children of all ages tend to feel that their parents talk at them, or past them, not with them.

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And children can certainly be unfathomable to parents. If there ever was an exception, it should have been the Macleans of s Missoula, Mont. In the Robert Redford-directed drama, John Maclean, the head of the family, is a stern but kindly and fair-minded Presbyterian minister played by Tom Skerritt in a beautifully restrained performance.

His life seems rooted in words: a love of poetry and literature, close readings of Scripture, hours spent drafting elegant sermons. Craig sheffer gay yet when his charismatic, rebellious son, Paul a breakthrough performance by the dazzling young Brad Pittbecomes addicted to gambling and drinking and mired in debt, John Maclean, the man of words, cannot find the words to talk with his beloved child, to ask about his troubles, to probe his feelings. It also speaks to me as the son of a very different type of father, an Italian immigrant who was voluble, full of injunctions, quick with warnings to keep on track and be sensible, someone who read newspapers but hardly any books.

This film has come back to me because Frank Tommasini, my father, died recently at 99, feisty and active almost to the end. As a little boy he moved from a rural village in southern Italy to Greenwich Village in Manhattan.

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He was an industrious and pragmatic man whose family business combined kitchen and bathroom renovations with sales of appliances and cabinets. He was a generous provider and an overprotective patriarch. But when I went through a preordained period of young adult rebelliousness, my father, nothing like John Maclean, took a combative approach to shaping me up.

We particularly fought, back then, over my coming out as gay. But he mellowed, in time, as did I in my feelings toward him. We bonded deeply over the death of my mother from cancer when she was only My dad grew to be fond of my husband, Ben. We now had a doctor in the family! Yet what still baffles me about this erudite father is that he seems not only unable to help Paul, but almost unwilling to try.

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As we see in early scenes, John Maclean brings up his two boys, Norman, three years older, and Paul, by imparting strict moral and educational codes and instilling in them his own devotion to fly-fishing. John home-schools the boys. And if the lessons include any math or science, we see no evidence. Their curriculum seems focused on reading books and writing essays about what they read. John Maclean would have been a brutally effective newspaper editor. When they do so, he makes more corrections, then demands they trim by half again!

Only when the daily essays are concise and clear are the boys free to catch trout from the river. Both sons wind up choosing writing professions. Norman a stalwart, sensitive Craig Shefferattends Dartmouth and is away for six years.

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When he returns, Paul has become an enterprising reporter for a newspaper in Helena. He has also grown into a master fly-fisherman, devising techniques unknown even to his father. As children the boys routinely fished with their father. Now that the brothers are independent adults, these outings, filmed with plush, enthralling imagery, have become intense male-bonding sessions where feelings are deep but words are few.

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Norman falls for a bright, sassy young woman from town, Jessie Emily Lloyd. Paul, defying racist society in Missoula, dates a Native American woman. His drinking starts getting out of control. Worse, he falls behind in a poker game at a seedy bar, a front for gambling and prostitution. The brothers go out for a rowdy celebration that winds up at that remote bar.

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The other gamblers forcibly rebuff Paul. But when Norman gets in the car to leave, Paul tosses him the keys and insists on staying. Instead he drives away, furious and worried, but acquiescent. The inevitable happens. Paul is beaten to death one night with the butt of a revolver. But not before the three Maclean men take one last fly-fishing Craig sheffer gay and Paul, after being dragged through fierce river currents, finally lands a huge rainbow trout. Holding the prize by the gills, he poses gloriously for a photograph.

Norman has been offered a job teaching literature at the University of Chicago and moves there with Jessie. I watched the film again after my father died. He would not have let this happen, I thought. What kind of father, he would have asked, would allow a son to get in such trouble? He would have sat Paul down and pounded sense into him while issuing ominous warnings.

Though furious, Frank Tommasini would have taken charge. Or tried to. Who knows? It might have worked.

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