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When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (2010)

Based on the true story of the enduring but troubled love between Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon, and her alcoholic husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Based on the true story of the enduring but troubled love between Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon, and her alcoholic husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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The epic story of devotion, recovery and hope

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25 April 2010 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (#59.3)  »

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Lois Wilson: Excuse me, erm do you know someone in the meeting?
Anne Bingham: My husband.
Lois Wilson: Oh mine's in there too, would you like to come in?
Anne Bingham: [shakes her head] I wouldn't wanna inconveniece you.
Lois Wilson: No it would be no trouble, really. Erm I could make some tea, I, I could actually use someone to talk to tonight.
Anne Bingham: [she gets out of the car] We came all the way from Westchester County. I'm Anne Bingham.
Lois Wilson: [they shake hands] Anne, I'm Lois Wilson.
Anne Bingham: If I don't drive him here I can't guarantee that he'll make it so I make the drive.
Lois Wilson: For ...
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Sweet Ryder as the perfect wife in a heart warming story
22 July 2011 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Sure, the story of Mr and Mrs Wilson is a very true one, so true that we can hear around us now and then. Before watching it, I never know the alcoholism can be so devastating and make the victim so helpless. And the depression adds insult to the injury, making their lives even down to the bottom. I had to watch this part with great uneasiness. This lasted until the very end, where everything seemed to be OK again. What can I say, exactly such an up and down makes a warm story about devoting love and faith.

I am impressed that Mr Wilson finally made it and, not only helped himself but also the others. But I am more impressed by his wife Lois, her devoting love and firm support to her husband, which, if I were in Mrs Wilson's shoes, would have divorced him at least three times over. Sure, this film is from her angle telling the story and understandably making her the closest entry point for the viewers. Nevertheless, her sweetness and forgiveness is never shadowed or shaded by this setting. One might wonder, who else can play Lois Wilson better than Ryder. I don't know how the real Lois looks like, but as long as the real story goes like the one in this film, the role will be tailored to Ryder. After all, I really can't think of another actress in Hollywood has a small share of Ryder's sweetness and shyness.


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