Number of Times Seen – 2 (18 Apr 2002 and 9 Jun 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A woman takes her 3 young kids with her to a high school reunion and one of them disappears. She then dedicates her life to finding him causing many rifts in her life.
My Take on it – As a parent, the biggest fear one can have is that something bad can happen to a child.
This movie, based on a book by the same name, takes that fear and plays it out for us in a slow, deliberate fashion making the viewing feel as vulnerable as lead actress Michelle Pfieffer’s character feels going thru this ordeal.
I personally began to cry during the scene at the beginning of the movie where she begins to realize that something is wrong.
The first time I saw this was before I had kids and it also deeply moved me, but those feeling were amplified when I saw it this time.
Yes, this movie will play with your emotions, but that is part of why this movie is so powerful; it makes you understand the situation and feel for everyone involved. It should be noted that the book this was adapted from was Oprah’s first book suggested in her famous “Book Club”.
The rest of the cast besides Pfieffer are all great, the kids are all stand outs as are Treat Williams and Whoopi Goldberg as her husband and a police detective helping the case respectively
Bottom Line – Very emotional film to watch regardless if you are a parent or not. Great acting by Pfieffer and the rest of the cast. Highly Recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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