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on October 30, 2009
Sissy Spacek is incredible in this movie portraying a woman who is an artist and has also opened her home to foster children over the years. This time she takes in a girl, Hollis Woods, who is also an artist and has been shuffled from place to place over the years. She is a hard nut to crack, but through art and patience and love a relationship of trust finally develops. But all is not well--Spacek's character is forgetting simple things and it becomes evident that she is suffering from dementia. Throughout the movie there have been flashback scenes of Hollis' previous family where she was very happy. She had spent a summer with them at their cabin, but she took upon herself the blame for an accident which reinforced a feeling she had that she brings bad things to others. Unable to cope with that, she ran away from them. Now, as she sees that she will be separated again from someone to whom she has become attached, she takes the confused woman with her to that family's summer cabin in the dead of winter, where there is no food and no phone.
There is a very heartwarming ending, which happens to take place at Christmastime, so this can be a great movie to watch with family during the holidays.
When I heard about the movie's storyline I thought it sounded too sad and I wasn't sure I wanted to see it, but having seen it, I would highly recommend it as a positive movie experience.
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on January 20, 2018
What I liked about this movie was the way the little girl narrated throughout the entire movie, the relationship between Hollis and Josie and the family that became her "forever family". This is the story of a little girl abandoned on the same street corner as her name who goes from one foster care family to another. She arrives at the home of Josie and Henry the cat with a huge chip on her shoulder. The little girl is a talented artist and Josie creates sculptures out of wood. Josie is a very loving caregiver but she forgets things and eventually fails to take care of the little girl sufficiently. There is also a back story that is slowly revealed. When the social worker tells Hollis she must be placed in yet another home she convinces Josie to leave and they set off on a journey to a place Hollis had been to before and loved. Unfortunately Josie's health is failing but this story ends well. It is a very beautiful but sad at times story. Whomever cast this little girl is a genius. She has such sad eyes. What I did not like is how the children at school pick on her. That is such a sad event. The story has a good message and a very lovely ending. Enjoy. This is a good family movie. Very clean and enjoyable.
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on October 15, 2013
This does have several scratches on it but still plays well. I enjoyed this so much on the Hallmark Hall of Fame
that I wanted my own copy. I do think that Goodwill Industries charged way to much for shipping, as they shipped
the two that i ordered separately, at 5.99 each. But then from what I understand they are no longer a charitable
organization but an all for profit one....how sad!.
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on December 2, 2007
This is a typical Hallmark presentation, and tears are jerked and all of the expected sweetness happens. What happens here, though, are some unusually fine performances. I didn't get all the names, but it's extremely well-written and directed. Sissy Spacek is always reliable, as is Alfre Woodard. Most exceptional is 12-year old Jodelle Ferland, an insightful and honest performance by a child who doesn't know her future. She's smart, and handles the complexities of her role. I admire good kid-actors. There are so few. Kudos to Hallmark for a good story, and to those who chose Ms. Ferland for this most auspicious performance. Not to forget Ms. Spacek; her early comment about those who love the sea, and those who love the rivers, makes perfect sense at the end. She is magnificent. Worth watching.
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on December 14, 2007
Watched this with my family the other night on television and we all really enjoyed it. Sissy Spacek gives a wonderful performance in this "feel-good story" just in time for the holidays.
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on February 11, 2016
Nearly everything Sissy Spacek does is believable and authentic. This movie is no exception. Sometimes you don't need to go on and on. This is simply a very good family movie.
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on January 20, 2013
Daughter has wanted this movie for some time. Great movie! This was part of Christmas and received it in plenty of time.
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on February 4, 2016
Forgot how good Sissy was in this TV movie. Didn't take long for delivery with Amazon. I was pleased all the way around.
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on May 1, 2014
From beginning to end this movie is great. I saw it on TV first and knew I had to have it. Love it.
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on April 28, 2015
Great movie!!!
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