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I love the way that they portrayed the husband of the natural mother (Geraldine). He was as compassionate as any character I have ever seen and made me proud to be part of the human race. Holding his wife blameless for the rape (which wasn't necessarily the norm during the 50s and 60s); willingness to accept his wife's decision about what to do with the black child--even encouraging her to keep her baby ("it's just a baby"); saving clues of the child's whereabouts for the birth mother, which she found after his death. Truly a touching story and a laudable portrayal. I hope the real life character was equally as compassionate.
A touching telepic, this was perfect for it's original Mother's Day debut. It stars Gloria Reuben (of ER) as woman who grew up in a foster home and now, with her own family life bustling, becomes ever more curious about her biological mother. Flashbacks help the story unfold, from the early '60s where a white woman gives up a black child conceived after a rape. For most of the period that follows, this child lives with a black foster mother (Lynn Whitfield) and grow fond of each other. As a teen, she is adopted by a well meaning but woefully unprepared white liberal (Alice Krige) who gains a black daughter but loses her skittish boyfriend in the process. The young black woman rebels, and eventually runs away, never to return. Now as as she yearns to know the truth and to find her mother, she revisits her foster mother and has a chance encounter with her adoptive mother. Anne Bancroft is superb in a Emmy winning performance as the now aged biological mother. Ruben shines in the lead, and Whitfield and Krige lend fine emotional support. While there are some tear jerking moments in the end, the film itself is more the story of a quest than a simple tearjerker melodrama. Strictly a TV movie, but a very fine one.
A working-class Boston, married, white woman is raped by a black thug
and has to give up the resulting child for adoption, despite the fact
that she loves her. The girl grows up knowing two adoptive mothers --
one black, one white -- but when she becomes a wife and mother herself,
finds that her children only know half of their family history,
something the girl sets out to rectify.
The only element of this TV-movie that doesn't quite work is the sappy, schmaltzy 'women's music' (keening vocals sung to slightly-ethnic new agey themes) which needlessly well up at virtually every emotional moment. The picture stars four quality actresses in a strong story of interracial adoption; it's really an insult to their powers as thespians to insert wailing cries of sadness or elation as if the audience won't 'get' what is happening. They did this a lot in old Hollywood films, making many of them unwatchable today.
I would have liked to have seen more scenes with Alice Krige as Barbara's mom during her adolescence; not quite sure why it got such short shrift. Otherwise a good film with a similar theme to "A Family Thing", which stars Robert Duval and James Earl Jones as brothers who never knew that they share the same mother.
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The story spans 35 years. White woman is walking back from movies at night, gets raped by a black man in a dark alley, being Christian she does not want to have an abortion and plans to integrate (no pun intended) the new child into her existing family. But social pressures cause her to decide it would be better if her daughter, who looked more black than caucasian, were given for adoption, presumably to grow up in a black family. But as fate and shaky politics would have it, after 7 years she was taken away from her black foster mother, who wanted to adopt her, and sent to a caucasian family in Wisconsin. Family strife cause a divorce and she was raised alone by the mom. At 17 the girl gets pregnant by her boyfriend, she moves away from home, loses contact with her adoptive mom, marries the father, and they raise a family of 5, apparently happily. After 17 years, at age 34, she decides to find her birth mom, whom she locates through mom's brother, and with help of an internet search. It is a tearful and joyful reunion, her birth mom tells her she always loved her, just wanted to give her a better chance for a good life. In the end there is a "family reunion", a fairly large crowd, all having a good time, all different colors and shades of faces. Unspoken, but the message was clear, that we can all get along, color of your skin is not important. A made-for-TV movie, overall very well done, a good story, a worthwhile message.
A search for a woman's natural mother, turns up not one mother, but three. The search was started to secure medical history for her children, but turned out to be a release of her deep-set emotions. I liked this movie for many reasons. It was based on actual events and shows the value of not giving up, although I felt her search for the truth was "a bit too easy".
I am the adoptive mother of a black son and he was not legally ours
when I stumbled upon this movie while visiting my in-laws. I held him
on my lap and cried during much of the film. This is a wonderful movie!
I would watch it over and over if I could get it on DVD.
The white adoptive parents in this movie were clearly not people who wanted a child to love and I was sorry that the heroine had to live with them and never felt truly part of a family. However, to see her biological mother embrace her and have her realize at the end how much a part of several families she was warmed my heart. It contains a message of brotherhood and humanness that should touch all people.
I stumbled across the opening of "Deep in my Heart" one afternoon on
the True Movie channel here in the UK. I think it was at the end of a
recording I made of another movie. Anne Brancroft's monologue
captivated me. I couldn't forget her character's story of how she was
attacked as a young married woman, walking home late one night from a
movie, the first night she left the house after having a baby, now four
months old. "They said there must have been another man, and there
was... his name was Elvis". I was also captivated by her character's
proud statement that she wasn't just another Boston Irish... she was
part French. It's unfortunate that the movie has a title that suggests
it's sentimentalized and cliché ridden. What could have been a
sensationalized, melodramatic "true life story" reveals the life of the
child that was born after the attack, with sympathy for all the main
characters. The series of monologues of each of Barbara Ann's mothers
works well to give their viewpoints, reveal their characters, their
hopes, and how each sought to do the best they could to give her a good
life. The last monologues by Gloria Reuben as the adult Barbara Ann are
poignant as they depict how she learns about her origins, finds her
birth mother, comes to terms with her estranged adopted mother, and
strives to come to terms with her heritage from her white biological
family and the issues that affected the direction of her first years.
My parents grew up in Boston in the 1930s and 1940s, and I often
visited the city's neighborhoods and suburbs on family trips (I grew up
in Florida, where my parents moved in the 1950s). "Deep in my Heart"
reminded me of what the city was like when my cousins and I were young.
Cara Buono's performance as the young Gerry made me cry. I was deeply
moved by her courage to stand up to the racism of the era. I knew from
my parents' stories of what happened to their old neighborhoods that
many areas of Boston were torn apart by racism, riots, urban renewal,
and manipulation by real estate sellers. My parents once drove through
Roxbury with me during one of our visits and my father pointed out the
areas that he knew as a child, that were once seen as well off and now
were deprived and neglected.
I was riveted too by Lynn Whitfield's portrayal of Corrine and her love for her foster child. I felt deeply for her when she was denied the possibility of adopting Barbara Ann, and when Barbara Ann had to leave her care for adoption in Wisconsin. I found the social agency's thinking hard to understand. I suppose they believed that Barbara Ann would be better off with professionals as parents in the Midwest rather than living with other foster children in a poor family in Roxbury, an area that became known for crime and violence.
I felt for Alice Krige's Annalise, who wanted to give a loving home to a needy child. She was caring but was let down by her husband deserting her and their adopted child- Albert Schultz shows the husband's flaws and his inability to put the child's needs first without making him look like a complete jerk or a villain. I empathized with Annalise and Gloria Reuben's teenage Barbara Ann: I could see how Annalise struggled to make a better life for both of them, and how Barbara Ann, feeling lonely and abandoned, cold shouldered her, believing that the time Annalise spent studying and working was an indication of her indifference, and turned to her boyfriend for the love she missed, longing for Corrine.
The movie ends with a four handkerchief family reunion scene that does seem idealized- I wondered why Annalise was attending a reunion party of the Cummins family in Boston, when she and Barbara Ann hadn't communicated in decades. The highlighting of Barbara Ann's three mothers at the event is a little cheesy, especially at a gathering for the entire Cummins family.
But overall "Deep in My Heart" considers the difficult and complex issues of racism, the civil rights struggle, single mothers, discrimination of lower income families, and the changing attitudes towards them without allowing them to dominate the movie or allowing the characters to be determined simply by their response to them. I wish more of the movies based on real life stories would reflect their eras and the history behind him as respectfully and thoughtfully.
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The first foster mom was told that she couldn't raise her because she was a single parent and did not have enough income and that they only income she was getting was the money for being a foster mom. However she ended up with a mom that husband left her because he didn't wan't to relocate or whatever reason.The mom had no job or education and had to find work and go to school.So she should have stayed with the first foster mom.It was so hard back in those days to be black and get treated right so that was really the deal.The movie was a good movie overall .I did feel bad for the mother that raised her at the end because of how the daughter did her the mom lost her husband for her but she was rebellious and only thought of herself .
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