Arvilla Holden and her two friends Margene and Carol embark on a cross-country ...
Arvilla Holden and her two friends Margene and Carol embark on a cross-country quest of self discovery in Bonneville, a chick flick reminiscent of 1991’s Thelma & Louise. Arvilla is a recently widowed woman struggling with her high-handed stepdaughter, Francine, who demands the urn containing her deceased father’s ashes. This request is against the final wishes of Arvilla’s husband, who wanted his remains to be scattered across the country. Nevertheless, Francine possesses the deed to her stepmother’s home, and is threatening to sell it unless Arvilla complies. Francine’s ultimatum forces her step mom to book a flight from Salt Lake City to Santa Barbara. To make the trip less daunting Carol and Margene accompany her, and the girls make a last minute decision to travel in their 1966 Bonneville instead. Fooling around behind the wheel results in the top of her hubby’s urn coming off before the trip even begins, and some of the ashes blow away in the wind. This mishap is the impetus that transforms the journey into a week of female bonding, where a series of postmenopausal epiphanies ensue. Arvilla opts to place Francine on the back burner, and honor her husband’s deathbed decision instead, spreading his remains at locations such as Las Vegas and Bryce Canyon. While Francine awaits her step mom’s arrival, Margene keeps the trip lively with wisecracks, and Mormon housewife Carol loosens up by hitting the slot machines and gulping down some coffee and vodka – fortunately not at the same time. Though the future of Arvilla’s home remains uncertain, the trio’s journey across the vast southwestern landscapes becomes symbolic of their own realizations of freedom and independence. At the same time an encounter with a most gentlemanly trucker, and conversations with a hitchhiker strengthen their belief in humankind’s inherent benevolence. Bonneville’s soundtrack contains tracks by sixties soul singer King Floyd, English folk artist Donovan and a modern dance tune from French DJ Bob Sinclar.