The Magic of Ordinary Days - Hallmark
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Just recently learned of some friends in a very similar situation and recommended the film to them to help work throught the emotions they are having. Livvy, a young and educated woman finds herself pregnant shortly following the death of her mother. The father of her baby leaves the scene and Livvy's father insists that she will not have a child out of wedlock and so arranges her marriage to a lonely farmer in a very rural area of Colrado. Ray (the farmer) is shy and reserved, but was brought up with high moral values and treats Livvy like she is something special. The rest of the movie develops the story of how Ray and Livvy get acquainted and eventually fall in love, even though that was not Livvy's original intention.
I think the film has a powerful message about forgiveness and forbearance. I have purchased several copies and love to share it with friends. I HIGHLY recommend it!!!!
This is not only a beautiful and unique love story, different from your typical Pride and Prejudice type romance (don't get me wrong--Pride and Prejudice is one of my absolute favorite stories of all time, this story is just different in a very good way) but there are many other lessons, not just those of ture love and happily ever after. Some of the lessons in this film might be: acceptance of others, acceptance of self, forgiveness, and (of course) that you don't have to be similar to a person to love them--you can love anyone, if you want to.
I'm not sure I would like to show this movie to very young children, although there is no bad language or suggestive scenes, etc. There are some things parents wouldn't want very young children to see or that they wouldn't understand, such as (*SPOILERS*) the Japanese Internment is discussed in some detail, Livvy is sent to live with Ray so she doesn't have a child out of wedlock, etc. Don't get me wrong, it is a wonderful and wholesome film, just watch it with older kids who would understand these kind of things.
Livy arrives in the small CO farming community (1944) with very little luggage and only determined to stay until she can figure out a way to leave. She is still in love with the father of her baby, although he has certainly abandoned her. The contrast between Ray, the farmer who has agreed to marry her, and Edward could not be more stark. Ray is committed, patient, selfless and forgiving and Edward won't even own up to his responsibility. Although Livy can offer little of practical value on a farm--she can't cook, for one--Ray doesn't hold that against her as he patiently suffers through her dinner disasters. He tries to please her in every way, never seeming to realize that it is HE that is doing her the big favor.
I could go on, but this film has lots of irony, symbolism and character development. For example, it is the highly educated Livy that is the minister's daughter, but it is Ray that has the most faith in "God's will." And there is a lot to think about when it comes to the symbol of the butterflies. Also, both Livy and Ray change and grow in good ways throughout the film.
I was able to get my teenage daughter to watch and by the end she commented, "I'd like to marry someone just like Ray--except not a farmer!" Luckily, her dad is a lot like Ray so she already has a good model. Watching this movie has helped me to see where I can be more "forebearing" in my own marriage. I highly recommend it.
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I have watched this movie many, many times and just love it. It is a slow-moving beautiful romantic movie.Published 20 days ago by Retired and loving it
Total chick flick. I admit that I am an idealist. I would like to fall in love slowly like this with just such a man.Published 25 days ago by JustMyOpinion
Based on a wonderful book, this is a fabulous DVD. Hallmark Hall of Fame selection........Worth every penny.
You will want to watch it more than once or twice.