A Walk On The Moon
Director: Tony Goldwyn
Producer: Jay Cohen, Tony Goldwyn, Lee Gottsegen,
Dustin Hoffman, Neil Koenigsberg, Murray Schisgal
Screenwriter: Pamela Gray
Stars: Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev
Schreiber, Anna Paquin, Tovah Feldshuh
MPAA Rating: R
Year of Release: 1999
Released on Video: 10/01/99
Marty and Pearl got pregnant and married young.
Now, it is 1969 and Pearl spends the summers at a cabin in
the Catskills with her mother, daughter and son. Marty works
as a TV repairman in New York and visits on weekends. Pearl
feels caught in the passionless domesticity of their marriage
and easily succumbs to the seduction of a handsome stranger.
Her mother warns Marty, who confronts his wife with his own
disappointments: due to their early marriage, he had to give
up college for a life of TV repairs.
Watch how Marty struggles with his anger and
disappointment at Pearl’s affair. Notice how both are
able to stay with their feelings and communicate well at the
end of the movie, which allows them to come back together.
- Do you believe that you could never
forgive your partner/spouse if they cheated on you?
- Are able to stay with your difficult emotions without acting
out while you communicate with your partner like Marty and
Pearl at the end of the film?
- If not, how could you improve your communication? Communicating
well helps you to “step into the other person’s
shoes” and therefore understand and empathize with him
or her. Empathy helps overcome anger and forgive mistakes.