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Seasons of the Heart (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 1993 (USA)
Martha and Jed Richards live in Oregon in 1862. They and their two daughters moved there to make a new life, but the daughters died of cholera along the way. This has left Martha an ... See full summary »

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Martha Richards
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Pastor William Clay
Logan Hall ...
Daniel Merriss
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Older Martha (voice)
E. Linda Moore ...
Eleanor Tanner
Derek Spriggs ...
Heber Tanner
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Nate Tanner
Sydnee Hawley ...
Pauline Tanner
Tess Christensen ...
Sarah Richards
Jenna Lee Hagen ...
Lucy Richards
Brian Lives ...
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Jennifer Frantz ...
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Martha and Jed Richards live in Oregon in 1862. They and their two daughters moved there to make a new life, but the daughters died of cholera along the way. This has left Martha an emotional wreck, and she is unable to move on with her life. That is until an orphan named Danny comes to live with them. Jed immediately accepts Danny as his son, but Martha is still too upset to be able to love him. As time passes, however, she finds herself more and more able to accept him as part of the family. Written by page8701

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A woman's journey through grief
11 February 2007 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Seasons of the Heart is a lovely and lyrical film about loss, grief, recovery, and spiritual renewal. Beautiful cinematography and a gorgeous musical soundtrack serve as a foundation and poignant backdrop for solid performances by an entire cast of exceptional actors: Leigh Lombardi, perfect as Martha, who loses her two golden-haired daughters to cholera while on a trek out west to Oregon in 1862, handsome and rugged Sam Hennings, as Jed, the patient and kind, loving husband, and little freckle faced red-haired Logan Hall as Daniel, a boy who has lost both parents on the journey west, who is adopted by Martha and Jed. Rounding out the cast is Claude Akins in his last film role as a wise, kindly preacher, and Yvonne De Carlo (who recently passed away) doing the narration of the old Martha, looking back over the events we are witnessing during the film's storyline.

One does not need to be a religious person to enjoy this film. It touches on universal themes of loss and restoration. We all know what it's like to lose someone we love through death: this film chronicles the grieving process of the human heart. It goes through seasons: winter, the deepest cut of grief, summer, when grief blisters and starts to heal, autumn, representing a step backward, and spring, when the heart finds acceptance and peace and looks forward to a new beginning.

A highly recommended film for the entire family to enjoy and learn from together. If you've recently experienced a loss in your own family due to death this film might just help you to heal, even a little bit.

10 out of 10.


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