In Jordan's one overt attempt to "direct" a sequence, she takes her parents back, for the first time in 15 years, to the farm they rented before Russel came into his inheritance. The once-vibrant site is now dilapidated, but for the viewers (if not for the Jordans) it functions as a reverse testament to what the family accomplished there. The whole movie is like that: It reveals the sturdiness of common sense, fellow-feeling, and clannish tradition, though circumstances nick away at them. Troublesome Creek is a salute to the persistence of vision -- the filmmakers', and even more, their family's.
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