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Different is the story of a woman with a traumatic brain injury, (Annabeth Gish), and her mentally challenged husband, who have a child of normal intelligence, and how the larger family comes to terms with the parents being 'different.' Gish plays Hope, who is left mentally disabled after a car accident when she was 11. Her mother, played by Lynn Redgrave, is unable to come to terms with her daughter's imperfections sends her away to special schools. After a twenty-year separation, the two are forced to reunite and confront their emotional issues in an attempt to reclaim their lost relationship. It explores the human desire to be accepted and valued just as we are. Hollywood Reporter called it "the best of the best." It was a finalist for a Pen West writing award. Written by Susan Arnout Smith

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Don't miss this excellent movie!
29 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You may go into this movie expecting the typical made-for-TV movie downfalls (cheesy acting, cheap sentiment, washed-up stars, and low production values) but other than the tell-tale weak musical score, this movie delivers honest performances and a truly touching story of triumph over personal adversity.

As an avid movie-goer, I can assure you that this movie is better than most of the movies I have seen in theaters during the past few years. All the performances were top-notch, with a stand-out performance by Lynn Redgrave, who makes you hate her, yet redeems herself in the end.

I count Annabeth Gish's depiction of a mentally challenged person as convincing as those of A-list actors who have attempted similar roles in the past.


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