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Expecting a Miracle (2009)

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L.A. engineer Pete Stanhope wants to stop expensive, frustrating IVF treatment with his wife, Donna, and consider adoption but his wife disagrees. In the hopes of defusing the marital ... See full summary »

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L.A. engineer Pete Stanhope wants to stop expensive, frustrating IVF treatment with his wife, Donna, and consider adoption but his wife disagrees. In the hopes of defusing the marital tension they go on a a romantic holiday to Mexico. Car trouble strands them in tiny Dommatina, a peaceful village where the locals are content. Pete accepts the help of the only car mechanic, Juan Salazar, while aiding the philosophical father Arturo with preparations for the annual fiesta. Juan's kid brother, disabled Pepillo, will then star in the 'flying act'. Getting to know the boy and experiencing simple happiness may reshape the Stanhope's own future. Written by KGF Vissers

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The couple encounter a strange mentality in the Mexican village when every time they offer to tip someone for their services or help, they are turned down with the explanation that no money is accepted for helping someone or doing what naturally comes right. In reality, this is a bizarre twist on Mexican culture, in which bribes and tips are absolutely necessary to go anywhere or get anything done, and the extra monetary compensation is actually quite expected for doing even the most mundane jobs. The sentiments on display may be part of normal western culture, but most certainly are alien in Mexican culture. This is so deeply ingrained into Mexican culture, going clear back to the Spanish Conquistadores, that it is an expected and normal part of the culture. Everyone from government officials on down expect extra compensation for favor, even if it's simply doing their job. See more »

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Miracles Are All Around Us
11 January 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A couple, on the verge of ending their marriage because they cannot have children, find themselves stranded in a village in Mexico where they come to know some of the locals -- and each other --as they prepare for their festival.

This comedy-drama is handled in a very quiet manner and the focus seems to be more on the man, played by Jason Priestley, rather than his wife, played by Nicole Scipione, which keeps the tone a touch lighter than it might have been handled, keeping a good balance between comedy and sadness. Even Cheech Marin plays the local priest largely straight.

While this is not the best TV movie ever made, it is a pretty good effort and worth your time.


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