|John Book (Harrison Ford) Laid Up With A Bullet Wound|
The film begins with Rachel (Kelly McGillis) and her young son Samuel (Lukas Haas) who have come from Amish country to take a train to Baltimore in order to see her sister. At the station Samuel goes to use the restroom where he witnesses the murder of a police officer. John Book (Harrison Ford) is the investigating officer and although the Amish don’t want to get involved, once Samuel identifies the murderer as a narcotics officer and a hit is attempted on Book they flee to Amish country. The only way a hit could have happened was if there were more officers involved so Book needs to lie low.
It’s here that the main part of the story occurs. Rachel and Book begins to develop a relationship while Book begins to heal himself through the Amish experience. It’s not a going native thing, but rather an awakening that leaves him a better man even if he can’t stay in Amish country or take Rachel away with him.
It’s a moving film that doesn’t use the Amish as a novelty, but treats them with respect. The visuals help to create a beautiful juxtaposition of the modern world and the one that the Amish live in. I recommend it.