I was re-watching “The Cider House Rules” last night and I was struck by how great the ending was. It was so powerful mainly because it was so understated. As Homer puts the boys to bed, he decides to repeat the late Dr. Larch’s habitual good-night refrain (“Good-night you princes of Maine, you kings of New England”). The quiet giggling of the boys evinces their deeply felt affection for Homer and their joy that he has returned to take over Dr. Larch’s role as father-figure.
Another of my fav…
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