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Twist of Faith (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 9 February 2013
Grieving over the untimely loss of his family and in a dissociative state, an aimlessly-wandering Jewish man is rescued by another family who help him find his way back to happiness again.

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Paul A. Kaufman

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Joyce Gittlin (teleplay), Janet Fattal (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Braxton ... Nina Jones
David Julian Hirsh ... Jacob Fisher
Nathaniel J. Potvin ... Asher Jones (as Nathaniel James Potvin)
Paula Shaw ... Hava Fisher
Kyra Zagorsky ... Ruth Fisher
Mykelti Williamson ... Uncle Moe
Viv Leacock ... Brother Day
Dee Jay Jackson ... Pastor Johnson
Colin Lawrence ... Mike Jones
Tanner Saunders Tanner Saunders ... Yeeshai Fisher
Eliana Calogiros ... Miriam Fisher
Kennedi Clements ... Sarah Fisher
Ken Kramer ... Rabbi
Gina Leon ... Naomi
Lucia Walters ... Julia
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Storyline

About Twist of Faith Jacob Fisher ('David Julian Hirsh'), an Orthodox Jewish Cantor and amateur songwriter who resides in Brooklyn, New York, witnesses the senseless murder of his wife and three children. Catatonic, Jacob walks out on his Jewish mourning ritual, leaving behind his Jewish garments, wallet and keys. Abandoning his identity, he wanders aimlessly, hoping somehow to understand his tragedy. Fortuitously, he lands in Brent, Alabama (population 2,500), where he is embraced by Nina (Toni Braxton), a single mother and the lead singer of a small gospel choir (an unlikely finalist in the competition to determine the best gospel choir in Alabama), her Uncle Moe (Mykelti Williamson) and their gospel community who help his return to life while music brings Nina and Jacob together as they try to make sense of his past and their possible future. Written by Lonewolf

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Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

9 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Num Momento See more »

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Production Co:

Lighthouse Pictures See more »
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Trivia

If you listen carefully, you can still hear traces of David Julian Hirsh's Quebecois accent. See more »

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The beginning of the scene opens with choir rehearsals, and Nina ask the pastor to leave because her ex husband is dropping her son off. (Crazy since her Uncle Moe is already home, and she lives right next door to the church).Nina is talking to her ex husband Mike, after dropping off her son, Asher.You can clearly see her black belt on her blouse. As she walks up the steps of her home, it disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Nina: What if he went away because I was just a step-away from his healing? And now that step's over?
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I Surrender All
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Performed by Toni Braxton
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Wonderful premise ... but
25 January 2015 | by olliemankzSee all my reviews

I was unaware of Toni Braxton's immense likability. I have known about her, of course, for years but had never seen anything with her in it. In fact, I hope I don't offend in saying that, given her slightly arched nose and those pipes, this movie was a revelation for me in that I saw her as a possible heiress to the throne of Barbra.

This might be appropriate in that the story in Twist of Faith involves a young Jewish man who finds solace in a Southern black church. He has a past ... a very grave past. It is his history that makes for me a romance between him and the young mother played by Braxton stretch credulity and propriety.

Braxton's character matches the handsome newcomer in mystery ... but he eventually gets her secret out of her. I don't recall that during the movie anyone ever hears what his is, although we, the audience know, so that's fair ... no doubt the congregation will eventually find out; perhaps there is no rush. And therein lies a beautiful leap of faith. I recall thinking, though, as the uncle, played by Mykelti Williamson whom we all remember and love from Forest Gump .. he was Bubba, takes the newcomer rabbit hunting that, in another film in which the young man was actually trouble, this would have been a very tense moment. Music would have mounted telling us the uncle was in danger especially when he handed the newcomer the gun. By the way, no rabbits were hurt in the making of this film I'm sure, although what follows seems lifted from Winter's Bone, a fabulous Jennifer Lawrence vehicle and the scene for me that made an indelible imprint on the American consciousness. That movie is the one that made Lawrence a star, in my view, not The Hunger Games, although it is probably what got her the part in Hunger Games.

But I digress.

I know the main characters are in their early 30's or so and both extremely attractive, and I know the Jewish mother in the story absolves anyone of guilt, but if you're like me you will find what seems to be the timeline in this story way too accelerated. Maybe the way things turned out are what the main male character needed, I'll give it that, so I guess I can rethink the movie and perhaps watch it again; the acting, production values, direction and title were all wonderful. But in my world the possibilities for the young man and woman should have taken about five years to reach develop.

So brace yourself. The story is indeed romantic. You might just not be ready for it either.


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