From Mapelle Films:
"This movie is a contemporary Prodigal Daughter story, and the cinematographer/producer is an early homeschooler. Mapelle Films has designed a download study guide for small groups to dig deeper into the themes of the movie!"
Here is the movie description:
"Jessica Rothe brings to life the story of Reese Donahue. A Young talented writer, who finds a secret revealing her father's been keeping something from her that could change everything. Doing the unthinkable, Reese betrays her dad and chases after what she thinks is love. When she returns home with nothing but regret, her father's forgiveness teaches her what love really means."
She is waiting for her dad to admit that he holds the key the money that was left for them, Reese and her sister, from their mother.
She is silver spoon fed. The girl we can all agree to like to hate. But she soon becomes the girl we have to relate to no matter what money or lack there of, we have waiting for us.
She is very easily tempted.
She hacks her sister's account at the office and transfers 5 million from her own trust fund to be able to follow love to Italy. She falls for the guy who invests her money into diamonds in what is a seemingly underground market.
When she gets back, it changes her relationship with her sister forever. Many things open up and fall into place despite the past she has had.
Her father sees the best in each of his daughters. Audrey, the do-er, and Reese the dreamer.
"As generous as your mother was, it was more important for her for you to know who you are!"
I love the ideal. Either the father has a ridiculous amount of money that 5 million lost doesn't matter or the reaction doesn't add up naturally-- even love involved.
The movie was good but lacked a little bit in my opinion. It was good but a little more emotion would be good. This was more because some scenes seemed to happen in a way that I would not see as a normal turn of events-- and most of the time this can be a good thing. When I was trying to understand it piece by piece, I had a hard time but when I was just watching it to just watch it, it made the world of a difference in how I perceived it.
The most real reaction was the sister wanting to protect what was hers-- the company. And being very upset about her sister taking from the company.
It ends up being part rom-com, part drama.
I actually really ended up liking it better the second time a round because there was just watching it and less judgement into what it was about and also not trying to dramaturgy-ing it.
The part I can still not understand from the stand point of both parent and consumer of the film is that the father is all forgiving when she gets back from Italy. Either, there are missing pieces, or the forgiveness of his heart is grand. I find it hard that as a parent you wouldn't even show any upset to a child who would do something of that calibre. That being said, you always love too. There is a balance.
All in all, it felt very much like a hall mark movie that you would watch. Even though the movie is longer than the traditional movie at 1 hour and 47 minutes, I thought it flowed for the most part very well.
If I had to "grade" this, I would give it a 4 or 4.5 out of 5. It was really good.
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