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Overall i loved this film it was very sad but had a nice ending and was based on a true story.
The death of her father has put a 5-year-old girl into such shock that she refers to herself in the third person. She believes her father doesn't come home because she has done something bad and he won't forgive her. (The portrayal of this child by the child actress is nothing short of amazing.) How she is cured and the kindness shown to her, not just by those around her and by a distant family, but by the public at large is one of the most moving sequences on film. If you're not into human kindness or refuse to believe it exists, stay away from this film. But if you believe there's still hope, this movie will show you, you're right.
It's a simple story about a Rhonda and her daughter who loses her husband and they both hold in their grief so deeply they become emotionally paralyzed. Rhonda's mother (Ellen Burstyn) comes up with the idea to send a letter to the little girl Desi's dad up in Heaven tied to a mermaid balloon which mysteriously ends up thousands of miles away in a town called Mermaid in Canada. This incredible event changes Desi and Rhonda's life forever.
Now mind you I am not a person who is prone to crying at movies but this one touched me so deeply I couldn't help myself. I never expected to be so profoundly moved by this little film, but it was just so beautiful and heartfelt. The fact that this is based on a true story only adds to it's impact. This is a great movie for anyone young or old. Just have some tissues nearby it's a real tear jerker.
I really enjoyed the movie and will definitely watch it again. A family member recommended it and then I just had to buy the DVD. Most people would skip it because they think it is too predictable or "lame", but I like movies like that because I know I will be watching something that won't make me feel like I have just been "slimed".
I loved all the characters, especially the little girl, Desi. Through the whole show she refers to herself in the third person because she is trying to put herself out of her pain and fear after her father's death. Even thinking that he left her because she was naughty. Her family has a difficult time trying to tell her that her father is gone and not coming back and both Desi and her mom have a hard time letting go and moving on. The fact that when Desi sends a letter to her dad, attached to a Mermaid balloon, and that it makes it 4,000 miles to Mermaid, Canada where a kind family answers the letter is very touching. Saying that since her dad knew he couldn't answer it himself, he sent it to someone who would do it for him to remind Desi that her dad didn't forget about her. Desi and her Mom then travel to Mermaid, Canada to visit the kind family who helped them to find peace and happiness again. At the end of the movie the real Desi and her family are seen on the film location and discuss the making of the movie.
Overall, I loved this movie and will watch it again and again.
Very loosely modeled on Hans Christian Andersen's original "The Little Mermaid" (not the Disney version), the film depicts in fanciful fashion the attempt of a small girl to communicate with her dead father in heaven by attaching a note to a balloon with a mermaid pictured on it. The balloon is carried on the wind from California to St. Edward's Island in Canada, and the people who find it respond to the girl's message. The cast is well-chosen and the film is touching without being mawkish.
It is pleasant to imagine that mermaids and angels exist in the light beyond death.
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I've seen the movie you were made before and I really liked it so I want have it in my collection really enjoyed itPublished 14 months ago by linda edwards
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Bought this for my niece whose dad passed away, she is five and she loves this movie. I hope she will be able to watch it over and over again when she misses her dad.Published on April 25, 2014 by A regular dude and woman
I'm a big PEI fan and just happen to find this on TV; I used to borrow it from the library all the time.Published on April 6, 2014 by JD