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Bettina Lloyd, a journalist whose career never really took off, is sent by her editor in chief to her small-town birthplace in Ohio, where the Roman Catholic church is taking serious the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Mathis ... Bettina Lloyd
Stephen McHattie ... Mike Lloyd
Nicky Guadagni ... Myra Lloyd
Peter Mooney ... Father Steve Flannagan
Stefano DiMatteo ... Paolo Toratelli (as Stefano Colacitti)
Maria Ricossa ... Maria Toratelli
Dan Petronijevic ... Ben Lloyd
David Fox ... Karl Manniing
Lawrence Dane ... Bishop Edward Werther
Ron Lea ... Father Paul Montoya
Kaleigh Nevin ... Alicia Corbett
Sherry Miller ... Chancey Parker
Kristin Adams ... Young Bettina
Chris Asaro Chris Asaro ... Young Paolo
Gerry Quigley Gerry Quigley ... George Watson
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Bettina Lloyd, a journalist whose career never really took off, is sent by her editor in chief to her small-town birthplace in Ohio, where the Roman Catholic church is taking serious the claims for a series of alleged medical miracles. Of course she also gets in contact again with the people from her past, such as her brother Ben, a school coach, and her father, who feels that his daughter should concentrate on starting a family to give him grandchildren, not on a career, that's for the son. Written by KGF Vissers

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Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Absolución See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Blueprint Entertainment See more »
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1.78 : 1
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At the emotional turning point in the church when Bettina accepts the Father's offer of help, she has him re-baptize her. Re-baptism is not permitted in the Catholic Church as it is unnecessary and would actually be a sacrilege as it calls into question the original validity of the baptism. The Church teaches that Baptism is a once-for-all sacrament that washes away original sin, gives sanctifying grace, and imparts a supernatural character upon the soul that makes a person a Christian. During the recitation of the creed at Mass we even say we "acknowledge ONE baptism for the forgiveness of sin..." See more »

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interesting movie of faith
19 August 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Bettina Lloyd (Samantha Mathis) is a magazine writer in NYC. Her dissatisfied editor sends her home to Grandville, Ohio where her comatose first-love Paolo Toratelli is presumed to be performing miracles with the guidance of his mother Maria. The Catholic church is investigating with idealistic young priest Father Flannagan. Bettina has been distant from her religious mother and her father who only wants grandkids. Her little brother Ben is the assistant coach at school. Father Paul Montoya is the local senior priest. Bettina is told her mother is dying and she is forced to confront a dark past.

This is a religious faith-based movie treated like a sincere Lifetime movie. I like the idea of dealing with the subject matter with this sensibility. It's also a lot of personal melodrama. The production is TV movie level but it's elevated by some solid actors. It may strike disbelievers the wrong way. For most others, I think this would be a compelling story.


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