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The Rising Place (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | February 2001 (USA)
The close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmett Wilder
Virginia Wilder
Aunt Millie
Ruth Wilder
Jackie Bateman ...
Emily Hodge (age 10)
Courtney Campbell ...
Emily Hodge
Will Bacon
Rebecca Hodge
Avery Hodge
Janie Story ...
Young Ruth (age 8)
Harry C. Devening
Jennifer Holliday ...
Eddie Cotton Jr. ...
Walter Malone


Set against the picturesque landscape of the Mississippi Delta in the 1940's, "The Rising Place" follows the close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war. When Virginia visits her Aunt Millie at Christmas, she discovers a stack of handwritten letters over half a century old, and unlocks the story of her aunt's youthful days as a young woman living in Hamilton, Mississippi, during the second World War. Beautifully shot sequences episodically shift back and forth from the past to the present. In a time when a woman's place was in the home, young Emily ventures out and falls in love with a young soldier, eventually carrying his baby out of wedlock. With the support of her best friend Wilma Watson and their draft-dodging companion Will Bacon, Emily is able to stand by her convictions in a household dominated by the standards of a salt-of-the-earth father and an ... Written by Keith Rogers

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A story about discovering your heart in a place you never expected.



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Rated PG-13 for elements of violence


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Fair Commentary on Racial Injustice
4 March 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This storyline is interesting in its subject matter, but I did find that the movie moves along quite slowly and seems a bit flat in places.

Because it deals with the flavour of the south during a tumultuous time in history, I found the way the subject matter was handled to be a bit weak. Also, parts of the storyline were a bit hard to buy onto from a "realistic" perspective, especially as relates to the main character and her relationship with her family, given her situation.

All of the performances by the actors were excellent, so if there is a negative comment about the general mood of the movie, I would have to blame the director...more oomph was certainly needed in some of the scenes.

I purchased this movie because I am a fan of Laurel Holloman and aim to see all of her work eventually. As usual, her performance was nothing short of brilliant.

Overall, I would rate the movie as fair...not a bad way to spend an evening, but don't pass up the party to stay home and watch this one.

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