A young girl and her brother come of age at their great grandmother's house in Virginia during the 1940s.


Darnell Martin


David Baldacci (based on novel), David Baldacci (script) | 1 more credit »





Credited cast:
Ellen Burstyn ... Louisa Mae Cardinal
Mackenzie Foy ... Lou Cardinal
Josh Lucas ... Cotton Longfellow
Ned Bellamy ... George Davis
JP Vanderloo JP Vanderloo ... Oz Cardinal
Alano Miller ... Eugene Randall
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick ... Diamond Skinner
Antonio Ducrot Antonio Ducrot ... Billy Davis
Laura Fraser ... Amanda Cardinal
Dave Hager ... Dr, Barnes
Josh Murray ... Jack Cardinal
Keith Tyree Keith Tyree ... Judd Wheeler
Sara Elizabeth Timmins ... Private Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Graham Beckel ... Thurston Goode
Pete Burris ... Dr. Luther Ross


After a family tragedy, a young girl moves from New York with her younger brother to live with their great grandmother on a Virginia farm and comes closer to understanding the land and roots that inspired her father's writings while discovering herself, the love of family, and the power of truly believing. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family


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American Humane Association monitored the animal action. No animals were harmed in the making of those scenes. TM (AHAD 03670) See more »


The second submission Lou sends to Saturday Evening Post shows the envelope with a zip code for her return address. Zip codes were not in use until decades later. See more »


Louisa Mae Cardinal: Memories are a funny thing. People like to change the past, so they can remember what it is they wanna remember.
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Great, heartwarming family movie
28 March 2015 | by ihavebestdogeverSee all my reviews

Saw this film at the Richmond International Film Festival and was blown away. Made on a small budget, you wouldn't know it from the finished product. Great performances from Ellen Burstyn and Josh Luckas I was expecting but the children in the story, Mackenzie Foy and JP Vandeloo surprised me with wonderful performances as well. Terrific story of a family thrown together after tragedy and their struggles to overcome rural hardships in the 1940's by David Baldacci who I believe wrote the screenplay as well? Great family film, no reason to worry about young children watching it. Shot entirely amongst the beautiful scenery of southwest Virginia. Hope it sees wide distribution so my niece and nephew can see it in theaters.

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Release Date:

April 2015 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Wish You Well See more »

Filming Locations:

Giles County, Virginia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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