Charming — 6 years ago
Of the same ilk as Southern Belles, this is a wonderful little voyage of self-reliance, the kindness of strangers and friends, and of a few moisty-eye tribulations but that yet has many humorous moments and does indeed leave you with a warm heart. Although Nathalie Portman is clearly the key character the story diverges every now and then to give a glimpse of the misadventures becoming her child’s estranged father.
Natalie wasn’t terribly convincing at carrying a pregnancy but she and the cast are alltogether excellent, particularly Ashley Judd and James Frain (Sunshine). Being abandoned at a Wallmart in middle America is not something you’d want to face, but provides ample opportunity to tell a story of facing ones self-worth and the balance of luck. Of course any good story about life tries to connect with you and I recognised some of Nathalie’s character’s self-reliant, yet avoidant nature, and photographic interest in myself.
I’d normally reserve the highest rating for visually stunning cinema but I really enjoyed this. Don’t let the cover put you off, it’s not really as chick-flick as it might suggest.