Stacking

Like Country and Places in the Heart, Stacking centers on a matriarch, in this case an adolescent, who's trying to comprehend the morass that constitutes the adult world. Set in the summer of l954, in Montana's beautiful meadows, the film contains all the familiar issues and characters of that genre.

They include: A strong-willed girl (Meagan Follows) coming of age; a stranded woman (Christine Lahti) who wants excitement; a beer-guzzling handyman (Frederic Forrest); an itinerant outsider-photographer (Peter Coyote).

Having been made under the auspices of American Playhouse and Sundance Institute, two outfits prone to mistake virtue for virtuosity, the film's homespun honesty is unmistakable.