Synopsis by Mark Deming
Two women inching into middle age must weather a variety of life crises in the comic drama Crossing Fields. Carol (Reedy Gibbs) and Jessica (Gwynyth Walsh) are two close friends in their early 40's living in a small Middle American community. Carol has a stable but unspectacular relationship with her husband Guy (J.K. Simmons), while severe tensions have developed between Carol and her teenage daughter Denise (Meadow Sisto); Denise has little interest in continuing her education and is instead pursuing her dream of making it as a rock musician. Carol has also taken in a boarder, James (William James Jones), a good looking back man who is trying to adapt to living in this white family (and community). Meanwhile, Jessica has discovered her husband has been unfaithful, and responds by having a number of affairs of her own; as she decides if she should salvage her marriage or let it go, she has to deal with the possible foreclosure of her family's farm (insult is added to injury when the man who is handling the foreclosure proceedings turns out to be one of Jessica's former lovers).