Based on the novel THE SCENT OF RAIN & LIGHTNING by Nancy Pickard. When a young woman learns her parents' killer has been released from jail, she is forced to revisit old wounds while ... See full summary »
PEARLY GATES is a story about wanting to be remembered, and knowing that long after death, a person can live on through the memories of family, friends associates and even strangers whose lives that person touched.
With her life at a crossroads, 25 year old Sophie Conway returns home to the small town she always wanted to forget. Once home, she is faced with the friends and lovers she left behind, a tangled relationship with her Mother, and Harry Pleasant, an Alzheimer's Disease patient who, in an opposing way, shares Sophie's struggle to remember.
'Showing Roots' takes place in 1977 during the premiere of the miniseries Roots. Set in a small southern town where there definitely are still 'right' and 'wrong' sides of the tracks, two young women - one white, one black - forge an unlikely friendship that sparks a journey of independence, self-discovery, and ultimately results in the discovery of the perfect hairdo.
It's quite fascinating to see the effect in 1977 of the broadcast on TV of Roots on both black and white folk in a small Southern town. Good reminder how much prejudice there was in the 70s.
Maggie Grace is just right for the role - her awkwardness and sweetness are perfect for the role of the simple good hearted hair dresser. Adam Brody plays her construction supervisor love interest. He's a likable actor who should be on TV more. Elizabeth McGovern is quite droll as the bigoted scheming comically villain hairdresser. It's great she gets to show another side from the rather bland Downton Abbey role. Good performance too from Uzo Aduba as Maggie's black best friend and partner. She doesn't overdo her black awareness. Cicely Tyson who was in the original Roots makes an appearance too.
Watch this one - it's a gem.
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