An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008) – reviewed by George

In 1980’s rural New Hampshire a recently widowed mother of three finds herself contesting with the disdainful mother she ran away from for the love of her eldest daughter. These three roles are played by Jacqueline Bisset, Helene Joy (“Murdoch Mysteries”), and Tatiana Mislay (“Orphan Black”). The younger children are Prudence (Vivien Endicott Douglas) and Solomon (Gage Munroe).
Mary (Joy) is something of a nurse and is well-loved by everyone. But wealthy neighbor Mrs. Hopkins (Paula Boudreau) stills tells her son Gad (Kristopher Turner), “What a pity they live in such wretched circumstances. They would otherwise be good company. Now I am so often alone.” Which is pretty close to the way Isabella (Bisset) thinks. But the real pity is that Mrs. Hopkins doesn’t know that Gad and Tilly (Maslany) are falling in love.
Written by Shelley Evans from a story by Louisa May Alcott, and directed by Graeme Campbell, the Thanksgiving which the characters experience is old-fashioned both in time and in resolution: old hurts are healed, disagreements are solved, and everyone more or less finds new understanding of the other people in their lives.
At about 1:12 Gad has a line that softens Tilly’s heart. And Tilly has this prayer for the Thanksgiving dinner: “Thanks for the roses by the wayside. Thanks for the thorns their stems contain. Thanks for home and thanks for fireside. Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain. Amen.”
A seasonal gift of gratitude and love.

Addendum: The sequel to this movie, called “An Old Fashioned Christmas” was reviewed and posted on December 19, 2015. Interested? Click on Movies under Categories (upper right corner of screen) and scroll back to that date.

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