A Prairie Home Companion

five stars out of five If you’re familiar with Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon material, you’ll have some idea of the kind of characters (including Garrison Keillor himself) that you’re going to meet here, in Robert Altman’s final film.

Those Altman trademarks of naturalistic overlapping dialogue and long tracking shots that take you around the action so that you feel as if you’re continually eavesdropping, are present and correct. The film’s colours are muted and warm, totally complementing the story, which revolves around the last days of a local radio station and its impact on the studio crew and performers alike.

 As always, Altman’s got together a fantastic ensemble cast, who all play – and sing – wonderfully, drawing the slight storyline along by the sheer warmth of the characterisations.

Lovely, heartwarming and tender.

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