When her mother is diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer's, Anna Larsen returns home to help, but brings years of family baggage with her. As she tries to navigate turbulent family relationships, Anna rediscovers a curious mailbox from her childhood and embarks on a search to solve its mystery. What she learns along the way just might be the key to rekindling her own magic.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2016
This movie will pull on your heart strings. It's a touching story about Anna, a struggling artist, who has been estranged from her mother for years, but now her mom has early onset alzheimers and needs to move out of her childhood home. Her brother talks her into coming back home to help and that proves a bit of a struggle as her mother, in Anna'a own words, oozes disappointment in her. She has numerous flashbacks including the day her dad moved out and gave her her first camera. She later finds a box of keepsakes in her old childhood bedroom including a tiny mailbox that suddenly appeared in the garden when she was growing up. Letters from a mysterious dragonfly would appear giving her encouragement and a new friend to share her feelings with. She thought maybe her dad had been behind the kind jester, but finds out he was not, thus the mystery and hunt begans to find out who it was. This film is beautifully filmed with gorgeous imagery. The characters are relatable, the plot charming and the original score is very good. It's full of hope and surprises and new beginnings. Two thumbs up for me!
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2019
I couldn’t decide on a two or three star, so let’s say two and one half. The cinematography was pretty good with nice shots of Chicago and Minneapolis. The music score was appropriate and didn’t compete with the dialog. She story had at least one serious flaw. The lead character hasn’t seen her old childhood playmate for an unstated number of years, though it’s suggested that it was more than ten, but she comes back and makes a scene in her play for him because she just knows he loves her. WTF? He’s with another woman whom he is kissing and hugging. Utterly illogical and poorly planned story-wise, and out of character for the lead actress. Finally, the acting wasn’t very good. It felt more like a high school play than a motion picture. None of the actors seemed more than paper cutouts of their characters. Very poor acting, so not a big recommendation.
After reading the large group of reviews of this film, I am puzzled by how polarized the comments are! Either, it's a fabulous film with heartfelt acting, ....or, it's mediocre, a yawn, with pathetic performances by the entire cast????
I personally don't see how anyone could fault the acting, the plotline, the musical score or the expansive beautiful photography featured throughout this thoughtful piece. Without giving away the the plot line too much, this is a study of family relationships, loss, becoming a responsible adult, and following your bliss, so to speak. I loved the entire story. I found it cohesive, relatable and more than anything, I think it sends a message of hope and reconciliation, something that is frequently missing in the world we live in. There is little doubt, in my opinion, that this is a film that will have significance of some sort for everyone who watches it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2019
Loaded with slow poorly acted scenes.It's like some scenes were rehearsed more than others and hence better. Having lived in both Chicago and Minneapolis I appreciated the city shots. Too contrived all the way around. After reviewing the credits: the lead actress, Cara Greene (Epstein), also wrote the original screenplay, was a co-director, and one of three executive producers! Throughout the credits the names Greene and Epstein repeatedly numerous times....too much of a family affair????
Hits the heart. Touches on divorce, childhood struggles and being true to yourself. Life is short. Spend time with your family, make memories and soak it all in. The drawings overlaid on the images are a whimsical touch. Well acted and filmed.
So beautifully shot and great music score. This story - about a complicated family relationship - comes across as realistic and not pushed. I love the bit of whimsy with the drawings on top of the scenes. Bravo.