Tim Film Details
Overview: A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuses his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.
Tagline: A Heartrending Story of Courage and Devotion
Review: This was one of Mel Gibson’s very early works and it deserves more than open mouthed drooling or comparisons to other later more commercial films in his resume. I hope what I say below contains no material that can be construed as a spoiler, but I have referred to 2 scenes that are important. It is a small sensitive film that, in combination with the book, gives a rich canvas of emotion response to the human condition. Many parts of it are heartbreaking. (Tim’s father opening up his heart in a very simple and masculine way when he shows Mary his stock portfolio for Tim and she correctly infers that he is planning for his own imminent death and Tim’s complete misunderstanding about what Mary and ‘Mr. Melville’ have been talking about). This scene correctly displays sadness, jealousy, anger, tenderness, concern, love, longing, intuitive understanding and a deep parental concern and resignation that no more can be done. No guns are fired. No missiles launched. No fireworks light up the sky. We are treated to a vision of ordinary people dealing with the tides of our lives. Many parts of it are tender. Tim cannot speak or read or write. He is not clever. In fact just the opposite. But that really is not what the movie conveys. Nor the book either. Both try to strip away anything that would make Tim attractive in any more than the physical sense. The book implies that Mary has the problem of guilt and knows that her only compensation will be Tim’s deep and abiding and unconditional love and she feels that if she commits to him, it will be ‘until death do us part’. She wonders if that will be enough. I think the same things are conveyed in the movie. She does not go to the psychiatrist for counseling although it sounds like it. She goes to hear the echo of her own positive thoughts, and she needs conformation that the negative ones don’t matter. It is not so much that she takes his advice: it is that she reaffirms her own convictions. The guilt and uncertainty come from her understanding of the problems that will come outside her door. His advice amounts to ‘Whatever are you worried about. You know what’s best. Now do it.’ Many parts are very tender. Watch for any scene with Em in it. A good mother and a good wife. Very plain very simple very human very unglamorous. Don’t look at this film if you are not prepared to give it the time and study it deserves. It is not eye candy. It is soul candy.
Duration: 109 min
Genre: Drama, Romance
Also known as: Colleen McCullough’s Tim,Tim – El verano de nuestros sueños,Tim – Anjos de Aço,Tim,Tim – erilainen rakkaustarina,Tim – Un uomo da odiare,Тим,Timas,Tim – Kann das Liebe sein?