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(Feb 08, 2005)
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Cora, a black housekeeper, works for a well-placed white family in a small Iowa town, and loses her young daughter to illness. Cora finds a surrogate child in the youngest daughter of her employers, and the daughter, in turn, finds a soulmate in Cora. This friendship, as well as the young girl's romantic attachment, does not please her social-climbing mother. Matters come to a head when this child also falls ill.
The underrated Regina Taylor plays Cora to perfection, displaying the full range of the character's emotions. Cora's sense of humor, honor, and love balance her pain, hurt, and jealousy. She never loses sight of the entire woman. Cherry Jones, one of the New York stage's greatest actresses, matches her as the flawed and domineering mother. Where a lesser actress would portray a cardboard villain, Jones displays all the vulnerability and humanity that lies under the surface.
A job well done.
Regina Taylor is a class act, and plays her characters with dignity and grace. Playing a woman who is fully expected to sacrifice her life for the family she works for, Ms. Taylor does as fine a job in this feature as she does in the TV series "I'll Fly Away" with Sam Waterston - one of my all time favorites.
When she loses her child to whooping cough, Cora's dedication to the little white girl she cares for, who was her daughter's friend, deepens. The story becomes more tragic as the true nature of the little girl's relationship with her own mother is based on the mother's shame, lies, and secrets. The way that shame plays out causes devastating effects to unfold until you just don't think you can take it any more.
And the power of the truth reveals how liberating honesty can be.
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This is a touching and meaningful film. I used it as part of a lesson in my literature class, and the students were quite taken with it.Published 9 months ago by San Diegan
when the first time i saw this movie, it made me cry for half hour, because of the plot. in the movie how Mrs. Art Studevant treats her daughter can remind me of my motherPublished 20 months ago by sen pei
A time When people keeped to them self's takeing care of her girl and a little white girl who is played by ( Ellen Ann Muth )
This is hoe life was.
This is a masterpiece. Beautiful story , acting and story line. I can't think of anything else to say! WonderfulPublished on September 5, 2013 by Dana Harris
I am a teacher and use it during Black history month! Lots of great activities to go along with the movie on PBS!Published on July 2, 2013 by Monika Raglin
I love Regina Taylor (especially in "I'll Fly Away"). The movie is heart-breaking and uplifting at the same time - it is NOT a "fairy tale". Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Cher
I watched this movie a long time ago but never forgot it, it stuck with me all these years. I like how Cora stood up for herself and Jessie. Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Miranda Scott