The Straight Road is one David Lynch film you may not have heard of. It is certainly unlike any other David Lynch film I have ever seen. And for me it is his best. Quiet, quirky and yet strangely affecting and unforgettable.
Like 84 Charing Cross Road, it is based on a true story. In 1994, the 73 year-old Alvin Straight unable to drive a car due to poor eyesight, rode 240 miles across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawnmower, pulling a trailer! As he drives slowly along the highways of the midwest, you get to see a fine painted image of communities he passes through. A splendid, and unexpected, treat from David Lynch.
The leading actor Richard Farnsworth, a Hollywood stuntman for over sixty years, received an Oscar nomination for his role. Well deserved too.