The residents of Watersmeet are not old-fashioned in dress or speech. We meet a teenage choirgirl with a bulging (unwed) belly, parents who appear to have been divorced, and Native Americans who feel like outsiders. Yet away from the nasty, brutish world of the cities, most townsfolk seem to have grown up incapable of cynicism or guile. Discovering these innocents preserved as in amber, one feels the wonder of an archaeologist who has stumbled upon a lost civilization.
No one is so touching, however, as Nimrod star Brian Aimsback, a Native American. He ought to be happy--he is a famous big scorer, the beloved boyfriend of Hope and active in school affairs. Yet Brian's grandmother sees prejudice against Indians as a big barrier. We can never tell whether Brian agrees with her, because he never articulates his feelings. All we know is that on the basketball court, and especially when he has had a bad game, he can look like a frightened child. Then, near the end of the film, he follows the advice of a Chippewa elder and dons Native regalia for an Indian dancing competition. There, for the first time, we see Brian transformed into a man.
And That’s the News From Watersmeet