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Return to Zero (2014)

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A couple navigate their way through a pregnancy filled with doubt, grief and trepidation.



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Dr. Harrington
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Dr. Harrington's Nurse
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RETURN TO ZERO is based on the true story of a successful couple preparing for the arrival of their first child. Just weeks before their due date they discover that their son has died in the womb and will be stillborn. Lives and relationship forever altered by the loss, they try to cope through denial, escape and alcohol, but nothing can save their marriage. And that's when they discover that they're again pregnant (from a last ditch 'save the marriage' getaway to Las Vegas), and must come together to face a turbulent and terrifying pregnancy. Written by Anonymous

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A Personal Review
31 March 2014 | by (San Lorenzo, California) – See all my reviews

My wife and I were fortunate enough to attend the Return to Zero world premier last night (March 8, 2014) and we connected with the film so strongly that I wanted to recommend it to everyone.

We lost our twins, Marshall and Spencer, ten months ago on May 2 of 2013. They were born perfectly healthy at 22 weeks 3 days, but they just weren't ready for life outside of the womb. They each lived for only an hour. When we left the hospital without our boys we came home to a life that was forever changed. We held each other, cried, and began the process of searching for answers and one of the places we looked was to Hollywood. As we spent days on the couch we wanted to watch a movie that depicted what we were going through. Fictional or not, we wanted to actually see someone else make it out of the hell we were in and more importantly, we wanted to know how they did it. We read synopsis after synopsis and could not find ONE movie that told the whole story of losing an unborn child—not premature birth, miscarriage, or still birth. However, we discovered that one was in the works and it was called, Return to Zero.

Fast forward 8 months and it just so happened that the world premier was right in our backyard. And coincidentally, today is the day that last year we found out our twins were boys. So, this was a special weekend for us. We had the opportunity to watch the movie with the writer and director, Sean Hanish, producer Paul Joconi-Biery, and Sean's wife, Kiley. We then even got to have dinner and hang out with them and some other great people who have shared our same experience. What a great night.

The movie was incredible. It's a true story about a happy couple who were pregnant with their first child when just before their due date, they learned that their baby had died. What's unique about Return to Zero is that you follow Maggie, played by Minnie Driver, and Aaron, played by Paul Adelstein, as they go through the entire process a devastating journey previously reserved for only those who have suffered a loss themselves. The writer and director, Sean, got every single little detail right—every emotion, every shared look in the delivery room, interactions with family, dumb comments made by people, and even the humor that's part of the healing process. Yeah, when we're grieving, we still laugh.

When Aaron and Maggie leave the hospital they begin the healing process, which we quickly learn doesn't exactly happen in a straight line. We follow them through a handful of, ah, how should I say this not so helpful coping strategies. Since the trailer hasn't even been released for the film yet, I don't want to say too much, but since the website synopsis says it, I think I'm safe to say—they do end up getting pregnant again and I'm sure you can imagine the anxiety that they must have after going through their previous loss.

Minne Driver and Paul Adelstein were spot on with their portrayals of Aaron and Maggie. They are 100% believable as a couple, and as grieving parents of a lost child. Their raw emotion had my wife and me feeling like we were reliving our own tragedy up on the screen, which surprisingly, was comforting. The supporting cast gave equally awesome performances. To name a few, you've got Alfred Molina, Connie Nielsen who you might remember as the wife of Maximus in Gladiator, and Emmy award winner Kathy Baker.

All around, this is a wonderful movie that needed to be made. Unless people have gone through a similar situation themselves, I don't think that they really understand what parents go through when they lose an unborn child. For anyone who has a lost child of their own and feels alone and misunderstood, Return to Zero will show you that others have experienced exactly what you have, and they made it through. If you haven't lost a child, but know someone who has, this movie may help you understand what we go through and that it's OK to talk to us while we grieve, and more likely than not, welcomed. And for those who have gone through a loss and find yourselves with a family member or friend that just doesn't get it, as someone suggested last night, just tell them, "Don't talk to me until after you've watched Return to Zero."

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Go see this movie.

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