Video Review

Forbidden Choices

Forgive its unfortunate retitling and Forbidden Choices emerges as a surprisingly impressive adaptation of Carolyn Chute's critically acclaimed 1984 novel, The Beans of Egypt, Maine. The tale of love, strength, and incest within a white-trash family didn't seem as though it would translate easily to the screen. The movie, however, directed by the actress Jennifer Warren, is beautifully filmed in Washington State's rustic log cabin-dotted woodlands, and the leads (Rutger Hauer as the most rambunctious Bean, and Martha Plimpton and Kelly Lynch as the matriarchs) do fine jobs in harrowing roles. Forbidden Choices is a raw little film that manages to capture both the comic and the tragic moments of a fatally flawed family just trying to make do. A-

Originally posted Jan 27, 1995 Published in issue #259 Jan 27, 1995 Order article reprints