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Return To Zero

4.9 out of 5 stars 254 customer reviews

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RETURN TO ZERO, starring Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein, is based on the true story of a successful couple who are preparing for the arrival of their first child. Just weeks before their due date they are devastated to discover that their baby son has died in the womb and will be stillborn.

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  • Actors: Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Connie Nielsen, Andrea Anders
  • Directors: Sean Hanish
  • Writers: Sean Hanish
  • Producers: Sean Hanish, Paul Jaconi-Biery, Kelly Kahl
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Cannonball Productions
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2014
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KB8JB9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bar none. This is a great film. Tendency here would be to overshadow its storytelling and craftsmanship with the important message that it carries. Even better, it is based upon the writer/ director's personal experience, so when it comes to making an investment of money and time in watching a film you have a home run with Return to Zero because you as the viewer are receiving the filmmaker's heart. That takes courage.

The cast is first rate and they leave it all on the screen. Bravo to the cinematography for giving us an inside look. We are a part of the story and not marched through the Director of Photography's bag of tricks. It is appropriately shot. The viewer is voyeuristically welcomed into the story. There are no cinematic distractions. Presentation is paramount. That lends to great direction.

No doubt this story will be hard to watch for anyone, especially for those who have suffered the experience of having a baby die. That being said...this situation is due your respect, time and attention. Our babies deserve as much.

You will laugh. You most certainly will cry. You will be entertained and you will be challenged. Bravo to this film team. My condolences to those who have walked this path. 10 stars for Return To Zero.
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In one of his interviews, Sean Hanish (writer, director, co-producer, and bereaved father) said, "There are stories you want to tell. And, there are stories you have to tell. This is a story we have to tell." This is one of the truest statements that describes the necessity of this film. There are so many bereaved parents that are left feeling alone in their grief - the depths of their loss minimized, their emotions not validated, and society trying to rush them through their sadness in order to 'get back to normal'. Similarly, there are so many loved ones of bereaved parents who don't know how to help, are clueless as to what is supportive vs. judgmental, and are truly misinformed about what actually does bring us comfort.
What we want is ACKNOWLEDGMENT. We want our grief acknowledged; we want our children acknowledged; and, we want our parenthood acknowledged.
Return to Zero accomplishes this goal in so many ways. It validates those who have experienced child death by showing them that they are truly not alone. It allows them to see a couple experience the rawness and intensity of emotion in the aftermath. It gives them a window into how some couples find it difficult to communicate or find comfort. And, it provides hope in knowing that our children that died are ALWAYS a part of our family - even when healthy subsequent children are brought into the world.
It also provides family and friends of bereaved parents with a glimpse into our completely crushed world. For those who have never experienced the death of a child, please watch this film. You will learn very quickly what NOT to say to a grieving individual. And, you, most definitely, WILL gain compassion, understanding, and sensitivity for all that your loved ones have gone through.
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Picture this if you will…We are all walking in a dark, shadowy tunnel. We know there are many of us in here, but we can barely see each other. I know my pain, but I can only imagine yours. Because each of us grieve separately and differently. Sharing our stories of life and death, love and loss, grief and healing, allows us to extend our hand to those who are lost in this tunnel. It may not make the journey go any faster, but it will let you know that you are not alone, and offer hope along your way. Sean Hanish and his wife Kiley, share the story of their son Norbert in the new movie Return to Zero and extend their hand to you in your journey as a bereaved parent. Take advantage of those who are not afraid to walk or sit in the dark with you. And if you are not a bereaved parent, try to empathize with their story and the loss of others. Sure it is sad. It might make you uncomfortable. You might think something like this could never happen to you. Then remember we used to be you, and once walked in your same shoes. - Cheryl Haggard Cofounder Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
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The words "based on a true story" flashed across the screen at the beginning, and I thought, yes. Yes. Based on a lot of true stories. A lot of devastating, heartbreaking, horrible, endlessly sad true stories.

And then I'm falling. Remembering. Lost in the experience all over again. The fear, the knowing yet not knowing, the weight of the loss, so sudden and violent. It rips out your insides in one fell swoop.

No heartbeat.

No heartbeat.

Sorry, spoiler. The baby dies.

I sat through all two and a half hours of it and I don't think I stopped crying. Minnie Driver captured that empty, hollow feeling completely. They ask, "Did the baby have a name?" and I felt that hesitation--as if naming him made it final.

I am naming a dead child.

I know what that's like.

And Paul Adelstein does an amazing job as the father--burying himself in doing something, anything. That helpless, lost feeling of a man without a direction. His honest portrayal of loss is poignant and painful to watch.

But it is all very, very real.

I hope everyone watches this movie. Not because it's an amazing piece of cinematic genius. This is a Lifetime movie we're talking about. But it's raw, it's emotional, and it shows stillbirth like it really is, for the most part.

We're all different, of course. Not everyone handles things the same way. But we all remember the moments we have in common.

We all remember the moment we found out. The first time we saw our dead baby. The last time.

We all remember that person who said, "Everything happens for a reason.
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