Starring Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, Christine Dunford, Jessica Biel
Director Victor Nunez
Opens June 13
When Nick Nolte turned down the movie, Fonda stepped into the lead role, a taciturn beekeeper struggling to keep his family together. Since the character is more conservative than Fonda’s usual choices, off went the actor’s shoulder-length locks.”My God, it’s taken 10 years off my life,” says Fonda, 58, who wondered whether he’d be believable as a grandfather. ”Fortunately, my beard came in white, and I wore my glasses to magnify the wrinkles that I do have.” Director Nunez (Ruby in Paradise) saw another transformation once Fonda stepped before the camera; memories of Easy Rider’s Captain America gave way to images of Fonda’s late father, Henry. Says the director, ”I’d be shocked by the double image of Peter and a ghost.” UPSIDE A career-resuscitating performance by Fonda could trigger a Lone Star-like hit. DOWNSIDE Despite the Fonda pedigree, the quiet, meditative film is unsummerish even by indie standards.