This fall there have actual been a few movies out there that are more than “just ok” These movies make you laugh, cry, and walk away wanting to be a better person.(Courageous, Mighty Macs, to name a few), but this past weekend I was introduced to the movie October Baby.
“October Baby” tells the story of Hannah, a beautiful 19-year-old college freshman who discovers late in life not only that she was adopted but also the survivor of a failed abortion. Desperate for answers, she embarks on a road trip with a few of her friends in search of her biological mother, discovering hope, love and forgiveness in the process.
The Film is produced and co-directed by Andrew Erwin, alongside his brother Jon. They heard a girl named Gianna Jessen speak who is an abortion survivor with cerebral palsy [due to her premature birth from the attempted abortion] and were so arrested by her testimony that they had to do something with the information they had learned.”
They decided that “Looking at the issue through the eyes of a victim was a really disarming way to engage a touchy subject,” And that was the beginning of October Baby. Right now the movie is only showing on a limited basis in Alabama and Mississippi, but set to be released to a wider audience in the spring of 2012.
I laughed and cried through the whole movie. The acting is really fantastic, and especially convincing is the main star Rachel Hendrix as “Hannah” There is a particular touching scene when Hannah goes into a church (our own St. Paul’s Cathedral here in Birmingham) and talks to the priest there. The characters in the film are not Catholic, but they treat Catholicism with great respect. It is so refreshing to see a Catholic Priest portrayed in a positive light.
Also, heartwarming and fun was Hannah’s relationship with her boyfriend Jason. In our world where we are encouraged to have relationships without sacrifice, it was delightful to see a positive relationship that focused on friendship and sacrificial love.
I am asking everyone to do everything you can to help promote this movie. We need more films like this out there ifluencing people in a positive manner. Check out October Baby’s website here:octoberbabymovie.net
Anybody else who has been lucky enough to see it, please let me know what you thought of it!