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Jacob Have I Loved (1989)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie
Jealousy eats at Louise. Like Esau, Louise is a twin, a few minutes older than Caroline, who, like Jacob, is the family favorite. Blond, pretty, with a voice like an angel, Caroline is ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Louise Bradshaw
Caroline Bradshaw
John Kellogg ...
Captain Wallace
Mrs. Rice
Evan Mirand ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Fogarty ...
Grandma Bradshaw
Mr. Rice
Mary Starnes ...
Auntie Braxton


Jealousy eats at Louise. Like Esau, Louise is a twin, a few minutes older than Caroline, who, like Jacob, is the family favorite. Blond, pretty, with a voice like an angel, Caroline is selfish. Louise is plain, brunette, unappreciated, and hard-working, crabbing and oystering on the Chesapeake Bay island where they live, the money she earns paying for Caroline's voice lessons. In her seventeenth year, between the Christmases of 1941 and 1942, with the help of an old sea captain who's fought his own demons of bitterness and anger, Louise must get past her jealousy and figure out what it is she wants, what it is that she loves. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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amazing movie from an amazing book.
16 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

I loved the book of Jacob Have I Loved and never thought I could like any film made of it. But this film achieves the impossible. The characters come alive. It is beautiful to look at, and since the Chesapeake Bay is a character itself, it's as if you are right there in the story. The director managed to tell the story on film without losing any depth or character development. Bridget Fonda plays the main character, Louise, with great restraint. Louise hates her fraternal twin sister, Caroline, who seems to have everything. Louise has to learn her own worth. She does this with the help of an old sea captain who returns to the island. The story develops very simply, but powerfully, and reflects the tone of the people who live on the island. The film takes place during World War II and it is instructive to see how people behaved when they had to pitch in when times got rough. Though the film is realistic there are lyrical moments as well. The storm is a metaphor for the storm that is raging inside Louise. By the time the film ends, we learn what drives all the characters, and realize that there is a way out for Louise. The film is a small gem and should be seen not only by lovers of the book, but by lovers of film as well. A rare adaptation, well done.

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