Off the Map Choosing to adapt Off the Map from the dulcet Joan Ackermann play — in which a family living on the Taos, N.M., fringes is audited…
DVD Review

Off the Map (2005)

Details Release Date: Aug 09, 2005; DVD Release Date: Aug 09, 2005; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Drama; With: Joan Allen and J.K. Simmons; Distributor: Holedigger Films

Choosing to adapt Off the Map from the dulcet Joan Ackermann play — in which a family living on the Taos, N.M., fringes is audited by an IRS agent who has a spiritual epiphany out on the prairie — was a gutsy decision by Campbell Scott. He then had the grit to understand that nuance can win the day if calibrated correctly (and it doesn't hurt to have Joan Allen, Sam Elliott, J.K. Simmons, and Jim True-Frost playing quiet with perfect pitch). EXTRAS Scott's commentary explains how Days of Heaven master Terrence Malick's influence helped him see that a gorgeous landscape ''starts to infect you,'' and that letting it become a major character nourishes the narrative.

Originally posted Aug 05, 2005 Published in issue #833 Aug 12, 2005 Order article reprints