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The Substance of Things Hoped For (2006)

After the death of her closest two friends, young Daphne Lessing suffers a loss of faith, then a lapse in memory. Confronted with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and a pregnancy she neither ... See full summary »

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Greg Morgan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Thom Carey Thom Carey ... Police Officer
Shannon Cochran ... Dr. Drury
Angela Dobson ... Nurse
Arlen Escarpeta ... Patrolman Powers
Casey Kramer ... Dean
Vanessa Lengies ... Daphne
Giovanni Lopes ... Micheal
Shy Pilgreen ... Nurse McCabe
Stephen Snedden ... Carl
Kristi Somers ... Rachel
Richard Tanner ... Yarmo
Fanny Veliz ... Nurse
Ray Wise ... Dr. Lessing
Lorena Segura York ... Kate (as Lorena York)
Del Zamora ... Dr, Amato
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After the death of her closest two friends, young Daphne Lessing suffers a loss of faith, then a lapse in memory. Confronted with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and a pregnancy she neither planned nor is able to explain, Daphne is forced into a terrible choice: lose her child or lose her mind. "The Substance of Things Hoped For" traces Daphne's desperate search for the past she cannot recall, the father she never had, and the child she may never know. Written by Greg Morgan

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You've Had That Moment.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Film Punk Films See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Micheal: I say this to you because you're a rational person... you believe that everything can be explained...
Micheal: But, Daphne, you have to consider that in this infinite universe there are some things that cannot be explained... not in your lifetime... not in a thousand lifetimes.
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Finally, a movie that gives viewers credit for having a brain!
10 April 2007 | by mph-19See all my reviews

Wow. This is the type of film that is sorely missing from the normal roster of mind-numbing, CGI-reliant, inane schlock that movie-goers are forced to choose from. The script is brilliantly conceived and crafted in such a way that you are pulled along delicately scene by scene until you're hit hard with a dramatic conclusion that left me and my friends talking for hours after we left the theater.

Faith and religion are topics that are usually only discussed superficially in film, but this movie throws them right in your face and makes you really think about them. But (and here's where the true mastery of this film really comes through) The Substance of Things Hoped For manages to do that without taking sides and without being judgmental. It does couch the message in a Judeo-Christian belief system, but that seems to be merely a device to tell the story. Insert your own set of beliefs and the message still comes through.

If, like me, you've tired of films with plot lines so thin they should check themselves into rehab with Nicole Ritchie, then I highly recommend checking out The Substance of Things Hoped For. It will make you think, it will make you talk, it might even make you believe.


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