The movie, based on William Saroyan's novel "The Human
Comedy", follows a teenager who wants to help his widowed mother
financially by getting a job as a messenger. He soon gets some
tough lessons in life as he delivers messages to families who
have lost loved ones in the war.
"I felt like it really is, in its deepest part of DNA, a story
that I felt should be told from a maternal point of view," Ryan
said in an interview.
"And I felt like it was simple ... it's a simple narrative about
The "When Harry Met Sally" actress, who also stars in the film,
said she was surprised how much she liked directing.
"The intimacy you end up having with every single thing in a
movie when you're directing it ... makes you love it," she said.
"The most fierce I ever am is as a mum and, it turns out, as a
director, trying to protect the artists who've come to help me
Tom Hanks, with whom Ryan starred in "Sleepless in Seattle" and
"You've Got Mail", has a small role in the movie. "He doesn't
need much directing," she said.
"Ithaca" is released in the United States on Friday.
(Reporting By Reuters Television; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
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