Natalie Portman is Novalee Nation, a young, pregnant girl abandoned by her scuzzy boyfriend in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart parking lot. Taken in by a delightful free spirit (Channing) and befriended by a man-crazy nurse (Judd), Novalee strives to make a life for herself and her daughter Americus (Mackenzie Fitzgerald) with the help of her new friends and the bitter, but kind librarian (Frain) who delivered her baby. Based on the novel by Billie Letts, Where The Heart Is is as pleasant and casual a movie as a midwestern dawn. And it
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD is sharp and detailed with nicely rendered shadow delineation and contrast. Visual information is nicely rendered in the darkest scenes, especially when Novalee spends her nights in a Wal-Mart. Colors are quite pleasing, with naturally rendered fleshtones, rich hues and deep blacks. Overall the picture is easy-on-the eyes, with very few distractions.
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