Tuesday, November 29, 1988
The Michigan Daily
BY LISA MAGNINO
M Y parents were at the University
of Wisconsin in the late '60s, but
they didn't participate in any of the
protests or marches, or in the music
scene. They don't even have any
classic Wisconsin-type albums (i.e.,
Dylan, Seeger, Peter, Paul, and Mary)
to pass on to their darling daughter.
The- one musician I do remember
them talking (and raving) about was
Buffy Sainte Marie. She played in
front of the Wisconsin Union to a
large crowd in support of one of the
many causes being espoused on
campus - and probably one of her
causes as well.
Sainte Marie is an ardent, compel-
ling spokesperson, and my parents
still speak of the way she captivated
the unruly crowd. She has focused her
energy on many social issues, but1
especially on the plight of Native
But first and foremost, Sainte
Marie is a musician. She's probably1
best--known as the writer of "Up
Where We Belong," the love themei
from An Officer and a Gentleman, but1
In Last Rites , Tom Berenger plays a priest that pr(
proves that Father doesn't always know best.
Last Rites wronged
Priest's conception causes problems
Buffy Sainte Marie is the songwriter behind 'Up Where WeA
Belong,' the love theme from that 'military' movie, but she
really is socially conscious. Honest.
BY BRENT EDWARDS
Your lover is gunned down by the
Mafia while making love to you.
You somehow escape, but you saw
the killer, so the mob is now trying
to kill you, too. Meanwhile, the
police think that you are the murderer
and you can't surrender because
you're in this country illegally. So,
who ya' gonna call? The star of the
movie, that's who, and in Last Rites
the "hero" is Tom Berenger in the
persona of a Catholic priest.
Berenger (Platoon, Betrayed) is
Father Pace, a priest who decides to
help Angela, played by Daphne
Zuniga (The Sure Thing) , after he
hears her confession about what has
happened. Pace has a tough back-
ground -- street fighting in New
York, connections with the mob -
so he can possibly do more than just
pray and cast holy water to help her.
When he is doing his usual
priestly duties, however, he seems
distant and awkward, even without
conviction, and thus it is difficult to
believe Berenger as a priest. And he
is outwardly cool, although other
characters talk of his kindness and
compassion. It is the viewer's lack of
faith in Berenger's role that creates
many problems for this film.
As Pace hides Angela from the
mob, he becomes strongly attracted
to her and finds his desires clashing
with his vows of the cloth. Because
of the problems believing Berenger's
role, however, the struggle between
his faith and his desire for Angela
loses much of its intensity. The col-
lision between his connection with
the people trying to kill Daphne and
his own determination to save her is
also diminished by his compas-
sionless demeanor. The script clearly
calls for these conficts to be at the
forefront of the story, and so
Berenger's performance is very ill-
The director, Donald Bellisario
See Rites, Page 8
this hit only touched the surface of
her talents. Her songs are even more
enthralling than her speeches, and
when she sings, the audience is carried
along to her "Piney Wood Hills" and
Take it from me - if my parents
remember her from a 20-odd years ago
performance, she must be good. And
if that's not enough of an endorse-
ment, I like her too - really.
BUFFY SAINTE MARIE performs at
the Ark tonight at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
Tickets are $15. Minority Student
Services is sponsoring a reception
with Sainte Marie this afternoon at
the Wolverine Room of the Union
from 3-4:30 p.m.
The Ark Presents
THE CHENILLE SISTERS
"Son of the Really Big Show"
in The Michigan Theatre
Saturday, December 17, 8:00 PM
Advance Tickets at the Michigan Union Ticket Office
and all Ticketmaster Outlets or
Phone 763-TKTS with VISA or Mastercard
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