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Long Lost Son (2006)

TV Movie  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  24 July 2006 (USA)
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A woman discovers the son she thought had drowned is alive and well, living with the man who kidnapped him.

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Law student Kristen Sheppard drives her husband Quinn Halloran, who had hoped to start a new life together on the Florida Keys, to despair, stubbornly preparing a divorce. One of the monthly weekends he has with their 4 year-old son Mark, his sail yacht Ocean Dreamer reports losing a mast and is declared lost at sea without much hope for a survivor. Fourteen years later, now an attorney an remarried to Steve Collins, she recognizes on friends' Caribean holiday video an allegedly Canadian father John Williams and his son Matthew running a yacht, Phoenix, as Caribean Dive Adventures for tourists on the island Santa Alicia as Quinn and presumes the bright athletic boy to be their Mark. Despite flying in without a passport, she is allowed in. The Australian-born hotel owner Patrick is helpful. $400 buys her a dream day at sea with the charming hunk, who even has fond memories of his kind mother but believes she died in a fire when he was three, reason for dad to move with him to a new ... Written by KGF Vissers

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above-average TV movie
31 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gabrielle Anwar is Karen, a woman who believes her son and husband to be dead for the past 14 years - until she sees a young man and her husband in a vacation video. "The Long Lost Son" is about a woman who will not be stopped from going to the resort location and tracking down her child.

This film was a real tour de force for Anwar, who gives a beautiful performance as the mother. The scene where she hears on the answering machine that the search at sea for her husband and child will have to be abandoned is amazing. So upset that she is unable to walk, she doubles over and leans on furniture to get across the room, where she completely collapses. All of her physical mannerisms and emotions rang true throughout.

In order to give the character more obstacles, however, the writer added a plot hole - Karen buys her ticket for this island, but she has no passport. The travel agent suggests that she bring her birth certificate and driver's license. Uh, this is 2006. She brings a birth certificate that's not even an official copy. Anyone who has ever traveled to a foreign country knows that if you have a ticket, you can be issued a passport immediately. Naturally she runs into trouble when she arrives and her story about her husband is not believed as he is well-liked on the island and a friend of the police chief's.

I had one other problem with this film, and that is, with Karen's son missing for 14 years, how could she have recognized him so readily? In real life, when the police thought they had found Eton Patz some years after he was kidnapped, the parents broke down when the saw the recent photo because they weren't sure that was their son. And look at Princess Anastasia. It's obviously not so easy. In this case, I bought it because I went with the mystical connection between mother and child

  • but really, if she had seen her husband on the video first, being


suspicious about the young man would have made more sense.

What makes this film above average is Anwar's performance and seeing a new actor, Chace Crawford, who plays Matthew/Mark, the son. He brought a naturalness and warmth to his role - and it doesn't hurt that he's a major hunk. You'll be seeing a lot of him.


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