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Chelnicia 'Chel' Bowen
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Erik Eriksen
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Christina Eriksen
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Jens Eriksen
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Ivor Eriksen
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Ida Eriksen
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Seenie
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Esther Bowen-Dorius
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Ruby Snow
Bill Osborn ...
Oley Eriksen
Peter Morse ...
Junior Eriksen
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Hedvig Eriksen
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Karl Dorius
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Bill Mac
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Erik Eriksen, who has become a successful pianist in New York, is back in Templeton, his Mormon community, where he is still treated distrustfully by its members, including his family, for having 'betrayed' them in not living the life God had planned for him. Only his mother and his younger brother Jens, support him unconditionally. Erik falls in love with Chelnica, a beautiful young woman who plays the piano at the local cinema and a dedicated Mormon. The big trouble is that she is also Jens's fiancée, due to marry him soon... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Keep it in the Family
15 December 2004 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

Passion. How does it get expressed and with whom? That is the question this film addresses in a very powerful way. Imagine an E.M. Forster novel set in a small Mormon town instead of the English countryside. (This is not quite as witty as Forster, but it is every bit as subtle.)

Erik (Rob Estes) is a pianist and rather unwelcome in his family. Whether Erik is not warmly welcomed by his family because he found fame as an internationally renowned musician, which they don't understand, or because of the unique complexities of brotherhood only found in formerly polygamous societies, which I don't understand, is not ultimately the point. The point is Erik brings passion as an artist to a community that is rather parochial. He falls in love with Chel (Jennie Garth) who is beautiful and very talented as a pianist herself. The trouble is that she is betrothed to Erik's brother Jens (Mike Doyle) who is the only of Erik's brothers that seems to appreciate Erik's music.

I was quite compelled watching their triangle. It evokes joy of purity and naiveté muddled with the genuine desire to please God and not hurt each other. To see the pain caused by such love is painful.

This is not a great film, but it is certainly very good. It is a timeless story well told.


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