the strongest point of this film is clearly sidney poitier’s performance; the rest is mostly just so-so. his performance is even better considering the fact that he was playing off of a lesser actor (lilia skala)…she was decent, but she didn’t step up and provide the counter balance to poitier that would have made the film better. storytelling was straightforward, as was the photography. i thought it was a decent story about humanity, crossing cultural divides and the rest of that fancy stuff, but that’s not really my idea of a good film. my idea of a good spiritual film is summarized in the final scene in the graduate when ben uses the cross to block the parents from chasing him and elaine. skala’s character was too overbearing and the themes just didn’t resonate with me all that much.