Based on the Newberry Honor award-winning book, this story deals with some hard truths, but in a hopeful way. Sissy Spacek was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of a foster mom with Alzheimer's disease, and Jodelle Ferland is exceptional as a twelve-year-old artist in need of a home. While it raises some sensitive issues, it does so in a respectable way. A wonderful film for the whole family, it demonstrates the power of love and the importance of family.
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Alfre Woodard, Jodelle Ferland more hide
Josie Cahill: Sissy Spacek
Edna Reilly: Alfre Woodard
Hollis Woods: Jodelle Ferland
Directed by: Tony Bill
Written by: Ann Peacock, Daniel Petrie Jr. & Camille Thomasson
Based on the Novel by: Patrica Reilly Giff
Produced by: Dan Paulson
Executive Producer: Brent Shields
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