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COURAGE TO LOVE, THE

Product Details

  • Actors: Vanessa Williams, Gil Bellows, Karen Williams, Lisa Bronwyn Moore, David La Haye
  • Directors: Kari Skogland
  • Writers: Heather Hale, Toni Ann Johnson
  • Producers: Emily Gerson Saines, Gord Haines, Jacques Méthé, Jean Desormeaux, Ron Ziskin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, 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:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZMIV2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,047 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Courage to Love" on IMDb

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very attractive and talented Creole woman named Henriette Delille, who chose the rigors of convent life over a very comfortable placage with a wealthy white benefactor who could gave her the world if she wants it. She saw the evil in placage and didn't want any part of it because it would be against God's law against living in sin. She seen it firsthand with her parents. Her father wanted out of it so he could marry a white woman in order to have legitimate offspring while her mother slowly goes insane not only of her lover's abandonment but also of her daughter's refusal to follow her footsteps in taking a white lover without being married.

All her life, Henriette deLille devoted her life to helping the poor and enslaved of Louisiana, even going against the authorities to do so. It's not an easy life to live but it's a purposeful one. One that emphasize a life of service and devotion to spiritual matters.

Vanessa L. Williams has done a great job in portraying Henriette Delille.
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Henriette Delille's story is heart warming. Her courage amazing. Vanessa Williams does a great job of capturing the spirit of Henriette. Worth watching for a quick lesson in the life and times of a modern day Saint. A Servant of Slaves: The Life of Henriette Delilleis great for more fictionalized information.The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille (The Madeleva Lecture Series)is for fact based adult reading and Servant to the Slaves: The Story of Henriette Delille (Weaver Book.) is for Kids.
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For Lifetime Channel, this is an unusually honest and heartfelt historical drama about a rarely filmed historical setting, namely pre-Civil War New Orleans. It is also unique for depicting the racial tensions of this period through the eyes of a Creole (mixture of African and French parentage) Catholic saint named Henriette Delille. Young Henriette begins this film wrestling with the injustice of placage, a social arrangement whereby Louisiana Frenchmen took Creole women as their concubines, agreeing to support them financially as a sort of "shadow family" without challenging existing social taboos by attempting to marry them. Dissatisfied with the "quadroon balls" where she is expected to promise herself without marriage to one of these Frenchmen, Henriette finds solace in teaching literacy to the children of slaves in her parish's catechism classes, but her peace is interrupted by the ongoing influx of white Southerners in the wake of U.S. acquisition (Louisiana purchase) of French territory. Attracted to a young French doctor, Henriette is drawn to a choice between being with him (possibly through marriage in France) and dedicating her life to the poor, and the cover of this DVD might cause you to be surprised when you learn what "the courage to love" really means in this film.

As this 90-minute production depicts very well, Henriette's ultimate decision is influenced by the pressures of existing social realities, but it's also motivated by her great compassion for the suffering of fellow Creoles in New Orleans. Her spiritual growth in the latter parts of the film is depicted as a gradual and sensitive acceptance of God's will for her life.
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As a lover of period dramas, I wanted to like this movie. I really did. But only a few scenes into the drama, I found myself disappointed with it. The dialogue was stilted, the characters one-dimensional, and sadly, the beautiful Miss Vanessa Williams was too old for her part (which I hate saying because I think she is amazingly beautiful). I just couldn't imagine her as a blossoming young lady. :-(

I soldiered on and watched the movie in its entirety because I'm stubborn. I wanted to movie to redeem itself in the end. *sigh* I should have let go of the dream. The movie petered out to a slow ending that gave me no satisfaction. I won't go into details for those who, like me, are stubborn enough to insist on watching it and prefer not to know how the movie ends.
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Courage to love provides a fascinating insight to a little known period in Louisiana's history. A period when free women of colour were groomed by their mothers for the sole purpose of finding a rich man to take care of them- though due to Louisiana law, were unable to marry. Venessa Williams gives a good performance as a "gens de colour." I highly recommend.
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True story of young lady that encourages one
to choose the highest good for oneself and
others, putting values in right priority.
Uplifting movie.
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Vanessa Williams is a lovely person and an adequate actor - but miss-matched with her would-be love interest in this film. He did not fit the part, nor did he play it well. I could not suspend my "dis-belief" to become involved with the characters. It seemed that each scene was filmed without regard for that thread of character development necessary to draw the viewer into the story. The predicament in which these women found themselves was real, but the script was written without regard for how their situations would have been played out in reality. The dialogue was far to contemporary; the actions and reactions of the characters seemed like listening into conversations of modern day people, and not at all like conversations that happened at this period in history. Many years were covered in the film, yet no one seemed to age. I liked the costumes, the sets (some seemed authentic) and stuck it out to see all of them. Your choice - watch it or not - if you want something to help you relax for an hour + it may work for you.
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