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That's what it felt like to me, watching this film unfold before me in the theater.
For a pic set in a religious world I found it refreshing that it was unafraid to poke fun of the foibles of its own, while at the same time upholding its faith and values.
It's the best of the bunch so far to come out of the recent stream of "faith-based" films, as it seems like the director actually knew what he was doing with the camera and a myriad other things in his story-telling choices.
Acting is great. No, really. You can tell they're doing more than spitting out memorized lines from the script. They are actually inhabiting the characters they are playing! (Yes, these guys actually took the time to find real actors who have worked on their craft.)
Music is hauntingly beautiful.
Cinematography... let's say the director didn't hire no idiot. It's great. It delivers.
For this film to be written, directed, and acted out by the (seemingly) entire Wall family is even more remarkable. Surely it was shot on a very tight budget but one would hardly know that considering the cinematography and the musical scoring. My one complaint is the acting of some of the lessor roles which seemed pretty stiff (or was that just being Cape Coders?) and, while I loved Sean Patrick Brennan's Father Joyce, his monotone delivery of many of his lines was distracting. Hence the deduction of one star as it was almost, but not completely, perfect. (Yes, I am a harsh judge.)
We have viewed this film with adults and even teens and all are at rapt attention during the showing. We were concerned that it might be too "talky" for teens but instead it stimulated a robust discussion of many issues presented. (A fun activity is for each person viewing the film for the first time to indicate when they have finally "figured out" who the mesmerizing little girl on the DVD cover represents.Read more ›
There is just a tad bit of stiff acting by a couple of secondary characters, but don't let that sway you if you get the chance to see this film. It's part of my holiday collection and I watch it along with my other favorites every Christmas season. There is also a nice local, small-town feel to it (filmed on Cape Cod, MA).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't understand all the glowing reviews. Poor plot, poor acting, and really not worth the time.Published 1 month ago by Jlblake2001
A heartwarming story with lots of good O'Sheas Irish Pub and Cape Cod. Great Sean Brennan character!Published 2 months ago by Nicki Palmer
Not for everyone but I liked it. A no famous actors cast that did a great jobPublished 2 months ago by SE in NY
I thoroughly enjoy this movie. It joins my list of low production but great movies. Thought provoking plot, good cinematography, great score and NO CG! Read morePublished 3 months ago by TSmith
I don't agree with all the glowing reviews of this film. I found it cynical, mean and sad. The cinematography was indeed lovely and the actor looks uncannily like Robert Redford,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kateryna
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