An eleven-year-old girl tries to stay afloat in her rural Massachusetts town despite the grief, gloom and doom surrounding her from her family.



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Credited cast:
Stephanie Castellarin ...
Nora James
Martin James
Ellen Stone ...
School Nun
Dolores James
Helen Lloyd Breed ...
Sister Concilia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anne Brady ...
Aunt Cissie
Peter Bubriski ...
Eric John Cassie ...
Eric Chandonnet ...
Greg Chandonnet ...
Mara Clark ...
Mrs. Flynn
Terrence Classen ...
Grace Costa ...
Jamie Dunphy ...


It's 1963 in rural Massachusetts, and Nora James has the usual worries of an eleven year-old girl:lipstick, first crushes, staying out of trouble at school...not easy when your teacher is the elderly Sister Concilia. And even harder when your parents are struggling to heal from an almost unbearable loss. Then tragedy strikes another Massachusetts family, the Kennedys, and shatters the fragile bonds holding the James family together, Nora, sent to live with her brittle Aunt Rose, soon learns who she is, what she wants, and what she must do to achieve it. She makes a decision that is both cruel and courageous. Nora's choice unlocks the way to what amounts to the rescue of her family. Written by Maureen Foley, writer/director of the film

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The people you leave behind are the ones you need the most.







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Fantastic Film!
29 June 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I thought it was truly brilliant. The performances were spectacular, the writing was outstanding and Ms. Foley's directing really hit an emotional mark. I imagine the budget for this film was quite small, but the talent and production value more than makes up for it. Do yourself a favor, rent this one. It's perfect.

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