Earth and Heaven
Not many Hollywood movies listen to their characters as closely as Anywhere But Here, a moving story of the prickly relationship between an eccentric, deluded mother and her withdrawn, brooding teenage daughter making a new life for themselves in Los Angeles. The film gives its characters room to breathe and live. The big dramatic moments coexist with smaller, stranger ones, and although its lovely, forlorn Southern California vistas put the drama of working-class domestic life in perspective, director Wayne Wang is also attentive to the specifics of daily life?bustling public school hallways, bowls of cereal gone soggy, the pale brightness of shabby apartments at dawn.