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Postpartum (2007)

A bitter young man searches for his birth mother to deliver his justice for being given up at birth, not knowing his biological mother has hired a private investigator to locate him.


Randy DeFord


Cheryl Carmin Shaver (novel), Cassandra Schomer (adaptation) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
K. Elaine Hooker K. Elaine Hooker ... Beth Benton
Adam Shephard Adam Shephard ... Gabe Townsend
Laura Parish ... Paula Callahan
Daniel Boughton Daniel Boughton ... Mike
Jim Dougherty ... Jim Benton
Steven Durgarn ... Crawford (as Donald A. Becker)
Steve 'Papaw' Pyatte Steve 'Papaw' Pyatte ... Dugan
Stacey Wilson Stacey Wilson ... Angela
Laura Beth Clevenger Laura Beth Clevenger ... Danielle Benton
Dave Ewick Dave Ewick ... Jess Wilson
Toni Puterbaugh Toni Puterbaugh ... Young Beth
Joshua C. Ramsey Joshua C. Ramsey ... Mark Randall (as Joshua Ramsey)
Chris Morisse Chris Morisse ... Mabel Ross
Rhonda Tinch-Mize Rhonda Tinch-Mize ... Mary
Nikki Price Nikki Price ... Emily Delp


In 1970, a teenage girl gets pregnant and is forced to give up the baby to adoption by her parents. The child is passed from one foster home to another as he hones the same homicidal tendencies passed down from his father and grandfather. He decides to get his own justice for being given up at birth and seeks out his birth mother. The mother, in the same window of time, decides to find her son and hires a private detective. As the P.I. digs deeper, he finds more and more clues about the history of the young man and his side of the family. He enlists the help of a former FBI profiler to help him search and analyze the information. With a juxtaposing storyline, the young man knows nothing of his mother's search for him and the mother knows nothing of her son's quest to settle the score. When all paths meet, the climax delivers the final justice and shows the possible result when a child finds his way back home. Written by Anonymous

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10 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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Delphi, Indiana, USA See more »


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$3,000 (estimated)
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Regional sunshine noir that works
21 August 2007 | by jnh3See all my reviews

Randy DeFord's "Postpartum" is proof that talent transcends all. With less money in his budget than a family spends on a weekend vacation, and even less money than you would pay for a so-so used car, the award-winning DeFord and his committed team of co-directors, crew and cast have crafted a murder story that persists through generations and comes face to face with you across the kitchen table. Based on the book by author, Cheryl Carmin Shaver, DeFord and co-writer, Cassandra Schomer, adapted the book into a sunshine-noir screenplay. Always visually confident, this movie boasts one of the creepiest houses I've seen in ANY movie (and that includes Norman's home and Leatherface's home) --and which DeFord introduces with an aerial shot no less. Casting of Indiana theater professionals is pitch perfect. The best thing about "Postpartum"? It's a "think-piece"-murder-story. One cannot come away without thinking hard and long on the issues of nature-nurture and "the sins of the fathers." Boy-howdy on that one. In this story, Death has an accompanist, Destiny. When those two become a tag-team, one has a murder mystery that is more than just thoughtful, it is an assault by philosophy. Philosophy can assault us-- whether we liked it or not in school. Philosophy assaults us whether we ever studied it or not. Philosophy works a lot at funerals—and murders. "Postpartum" is a regional film to see.

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