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The Lost Child

4.6 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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As a young child, Rebecca Hoffman (played by Academy Award® winner Mercedes Ruehl) was raised by a loving and caring family, knowing she was adopted. Following her parents' deaths, Rebecca begins a search for her natural family. She is contacted by a Navajo woman looking for her own siblings, who were stolen from her mother at birth. As the two women talk, they suddenly realize they are sisters, and that Becks has found her birth family! Excitedly, Rebecca decides to take her children to meet her family on the reservation. They are welcomed with open arms, and begin learning the language and traditions of their rich ancestry. Her husband (Jamey Sheridan), however, is branded an outsider and has difficulty becoming accepted as part of the Navajo community. As the differences between the two cultures come to the surface, the family discovers a commitment to each other that runs deeper than circumstances and a heritage that captivates their hearts.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mercedes Ruehl, Cristine Rose, Jamey Sheridan, Irene Bedard, Dinah Manoff
  • Directors: Karen Arthur
  • Writers: Claire Safran, Sally Robinson, Yvette Melanson
  • Producers: Brent Shields, Richard Welsh, Robert Bennett Steinhauer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, 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:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000639G4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,730 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lost Child" on IMDb

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Adopted by a middle aged Jewish couple and doted on by her mother young Rebecca Hoffman leads a conventional life. Then her mother dies and her father remarries. In his new marriage there is no room for Rebecca. She is one to be tolerated. She no longer has a home. Years later Rebecca searches for her birth parents and comes to the realization that she is not white nor Jewish. Rebecca is Navajo.
Lost Child is a film based on the the autobiography, Looking For Lost Bird, by Yvette Melanson. In this picture we see the life of a child stolen from her birth parents and made to assume a new identity. Her adoptive father's reluctance to have her, her feeling of isolation and her quest to find her identity is both moving and tragic as we see a young woman so far from her home.
Mercedes Ruehl plays a sensitive and savy Rebecca who tries so hard to be accepted by her adoptive father. Her discovery of her Navajo roots gives her comfort and a sense of completion. Yet, she too and her family undergo some heartaches and challenges as she returns home. This movie shows the hope of a mother seeking a reunion of her children. We witness the reintergration of a woman back to her heritage. We also see the ugly side of cultural prejudice as her daughters attempt to fit in with their new family and culture.
This is an enjoyable film that is a sanitized version of the book. Everyone in the picture is so good, so noble to the point of being unbelievable. Of course everything works itself out and the family lives happily ever after. If only life could be that simple. Inspite of that Lost Child is well worth your seeing as you get a glimpse into another culture.
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This is a very heart warming movie about coming home. It reinforces the strong family bonds even through years of separation. It explores the need to stand up against unhealthy traditions in a changing world, as well as, traditions which can help define who we are in an ever changing world.
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Mercedes Ruehl was totally believable in this movie. The first part rang with truth in that she was very happy with her adoptive parents till her mother died and her father married again. The fact that her father would pretty much toss her out the door because his new wife didn't want to be bothered with her was, in a way, hard for me to believe because they were jewish and jews care about family. But, then he was a man trying to keep a woman and some men will do anything in order to do that. But, it left her totally abandoned with no family at all for years. Made me wonder if her father would have tossed her out like that if she had been his natural born daughter??? Her finding of her birth family seemed to happen so suddenly that I hardly knew what was going on but I could understand her desire to embrace them in any way she could because of having no family for so long. I wish she had been able to find her lost twin brother as that would have really make a wonderful story. Her husband and two daughters have a hard time adjusting as well they might. I can't imagine anything more shocking than moving onto an Indian reservation with all the singing and dancing, food stamps, no jobs, crummy place to live, etc. Anyway, it's a good movie.
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By Marna on November 19, 2009
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This Hallmark Hall of Fame movie from 2000 is inspired by a true story and tells about an adopted woman searching for her true heritage - two different cultures brought together! American Indian children were stolen by the white man and put in orphanages (lost birds). Even though she is married with children, she feels something is missing. It's a great movie for all audiences. I had the VHS and bought the DVD - a great movie to watch over and over.
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This is another great movie from Hallmark. I came across this movie by chance on cable, but it had already started. So I wrote down the name of the movie and found it on here and bought it. It is based on a true story about a Lost Bird finding their way back home. The main character in this movie is a lost bird, a child that was stolen from her Native parents and sold on the black market. She was separated from her Twin. This does have some clash of cultures as she was raised with a non-native family and now has to learn about her people and their ways, her husband and their two children, included. I hope someday that her twin finds his way back home too and that Hallmark makes another movie about it. One thing I did not like however, was how her birth father spoke English instead of Diné (Navajo). In real life, her father didn't speak English, only Diné and she had to have someone who spoke both English and Diné, to be able to speak to her birth father. Overall, a great movie with a great native and non-native cast like Irene Berdard, Tantoo Cardinal and Mercedes Ruehl to name a few.
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This is probably the best Native American movie I have ever watched. The story is so true of the things that happen even today, to the Indians. Heart wrenching to the core, you will cry as you watch this movie again and again. I can certainly identify with "Odette Marie". A movie filled with love, and sorrow yet so much truth, you can't help but feel the pain and joy of these precious people. For me, this is an Academy Award Winner Movie! Thank you to the people that made it!

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