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It's just a formulaic tear-jerker, but Della Reese is wonderful. It's a pity there can't be one of her to act all the time and another one to sing all the time.
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There is no a leading actress here, it's a wonderful team of characters that are connected to each other. For one side, two sisters who are estranged because they used to think and live in a different way, one is living in town and the other one in a city, whose husband is in a legal battle and she wants to sell the family land for getting the money and being able to help him, so Sarah and her daughter visited Wanda and try to convince her to do it. But there is a mysterious and lovely tenant named Lilly Cooper, who is an old and nice woman interpreted by Della Reese, she had a hard life, with an abusive husband, but the love of her life was her son and she lost him when she was young, but she never forgot him. So Wanda is not agree to sell the land because she doesn't want to get Lilly away from her little cottage. At the end, there was a surprise that Lilly was owner of the land she had her cottage and with the help of Sarah, who had changed her mind and decided to help Lilly to find her son. Thanks Heaven she could see her son and was able to meet him before the operation but unfortunately she didn't make it, she was too ill and she died. The power of love and forgiveness is present in this film.
With such a wonderful cast I was looking forward to this movie, which didn't disappoint as it started. By half way, the story was set up perfectly, the setting was delightful and the flash backs were well done. Then towards the end, the story began to blunder along like a psychotic drunk, throwing in stunning revelations that were never explained or concluded. Perhaps realising they were out of time, the filmmaker attempted to wrap up the story well before it was finished. By the closing credits it was a very silly movie indeed. The only miracle was that it was put to air. The excellent actors deserve much better fare.
As I watched this film, tears spilled from my third eye. I can give no higher recommendation. I have enjoyed other Anna Chlumsky films in the same vein and they often have me reaching for the tissues.
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