Hope… Forgiveness… Healing…
Three words that describe a movie Susan and I saw this past week as part of a special preview.
OCTOBER BABY is a coming of age story of a 19-year-old freshman named Hannah. Hannah has always felt like an outsider. Something is missing. Although she is an incredible stage actor with a lovable naivety, she has always had a deep-seated feeling that she has no right to exist.
Because of escalating health and psychological problems her parents reveal to her that she was adopted and was never told because of the shocking and heartbreaking circumstances surrounding her birth.
With her identity and world thrown into turmoil she sets out on a spring break road trip to New Orleans with her best friend Jason and a host of misfits piled into a decrepit VW minibus.
Everyone else is on the ride for good times, but Hannah is determined to use the opportunity to return to the city of her birth and find the answers she craves – something her overprotective father has forbidden her to do.
Hannah discovers that sometimes the truth can be more painful than a lie and she must choose between confronting her birth mother or returning home. Ultimately Hannah discovers the freedom she has always wanted and the true power of forgiveness.
It’s not very often that I can give a whole-heartedly endorsement of a movie but this is one of them. It hits the big screen in March so look for it at a theatre near you and pass the word. If the video below doesn’t play you can watch it here.