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Pearl Diver (2005)

Joey Honsa , Edwin Wilson , Sidney King  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joey Honsa, Edwin Wilson, Emily Stoltzfus, Cary Leiter, Jeremy Glickstein
  • Directors: Sidney King
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012D6AUI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,075 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One night changed them forever. Twenty years later, a night will change them again.

Pearl Diver is the story of two sisters, haunted by the twenty-year old murder of their mother and what happens when a farming accident rips away the layers of secrecy and buried trauma surrounding that night.

Marian is a young mother who lives in a remote farming community where she grew up, while her younger sister Hannah left the community to pursue a writing career in Chicago.

When Marion s six-year old daughter Rebecca is badly injured in a farming accident, Hannah returns home to help. As the two sisters struggle with the circumstances surrounding Rebecca s accident and how to pay for her medical treatment, their opposing worldviews drive them toward a penultimate confrontation and reconciliation over their shared past, a past that simultaneously divides them yet binds them together.


4 Stars. Engrossing and spiritually uplifting just may be the best film of the year! --Preview Family Movie Review

4 Stars. Part murder mystery, part family drama, part love story, Pearl Diver is an amazing moving drama. (A) diamond in the rough where passion and skill combust on the screen to truly ignite the audience. One of this years true gems.

Pearl Diver is a powerful film that touches your heart and brings a tear to your eyes... a must see film!! Simply put this is a fantastic piece of cinema about heartache, love and family values that we can all relate to. The cinematography is breath-taking.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Singularly powerful, emotionally moving feature. March 3, 2008
Winner of Best Feature Film at the East Lansing Film Festival among a host of other festival awards, Pearl Diver is a DVD that blends elements of a family drama with a tragic murder mystery. When two sisters lose their mother to murder, the loss haunts them for twenty years - until a farming accident uncovers the sense of trauma they have kept hidden since that horrific night. Yet hope can be found in facing the truth despite its most terrible realities, in this singularly powerful, emotionally moving feature. 97 minutes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and moving picture May 4, 2009
By Galina
Pearl Diver (2004) is a beautiful, thoughtful, moving, involving and uplifting movie about two sisters who used to be very close in their childhood on the rural farm where they grew up in a Mennonite community. One tragic night, their mother was murdered by two intruders who tried to find something in their house. The girls' lives were changed forever. That night took them apart, and only twenty years later when another tragedy strikes, the sisters begin to unravel the mystery of old trauma. This is the film debut by writer /director Sidney King. He's got his own style in telling the story and creating and exploring interesting complex characters, not loud and flashy but clear, distinguished, and very attractive. I am especially pleased to see in one of the important roles the famous Russian stage and screen actor, Eugene Lazarev. His character provides the necessary depth to the story, he is a keeper of history and he holds the key to the mystery of what could be the reason for past tragedy that put the long shadow to the lives of the girls and their relationship. There is a short documentary on the disc, narrated by King where he talks on the purpose of movie, the reasons he made it and about the characters and their story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Viva
This is beautifully photographed in Goshen, Indiana, and the story is compelling enough and certainly original. You just have to stick with it for a while as it starts off very slowly and doesn't ever pick up a lot of speed. Then again, it's not an action movie. The acting is tolerable, with two adult sisters diverging on how to remember their murdered mother and deal with the tragic farm accident that befalls the daughter of one of them.
Some flaws: A lot of the dialogue is repetitive. Also, spoilers ahead.......

The ending disappoints me as writer. I would not have tossed my hard work away like that. The character could have used a pseudonym and published it as fiction in order to spare others' feelings instead of just chucking it all wastefully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "gorgeous visual poetry" June 22, 2008
By D.S,
Wow - beautiful photography! One critic described this film as "gorgeous visual poetry", and I agree. There are so many perfectly-captured moments when the picture says much more than the dialogue. 'Pearl Diver' is a heartwarming story that makes you think, but without bashing you over the head. The casting was perfect - very believable. I thought the ending would be predictable, but there were some surprises. Parts of the story were unsettling, but I was left with such an unexpected peaceful feeling afterwards. I hadn't heard of this film before, but I'm so glad I took a chance and bought the DVD.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment March 25, 2014
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This video was a terrible disappointed. The previews of the movie captured the only saving scenes of this story and was not representative of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember when... March 24, 2014
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Two children witness the murder of there mother. They grow up and have to come to terms with the memory. They do this with the help of the minds ability to forget the past. In adulthood they have to face this head on and come to terms with reality. A very touching, moving tale. A must watch.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The DVD did not function at all! January 31, 2014
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Bad quality / bad purchase!!! The DVD did not function at all!!! I tried it on multiple computers multiple times and could not get it to play. Very disappointed!!!
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