Love Finds A Home
Good Role Models

While not readily known as a critic who enjoys anything directed by, with, and for a specific market, I did find myself enjoying this relaxing, non-preachy picture of “the olden days”—you know, when women wore skirts that hid their ankles, and children teased but stopped when chastised, and when the preacher was a common sight in town, making his rounds and simply striking up conversations with his parishioners as a friend, not a minister, yet leaving pertinent words (and wiles) of wisdom as he spoke.

The film follows two best friends, reunited as one is about to have her first child. Their friendship was forged in the fires of medical school, where women weren’t exactly welcome, but were not refused entrance either. The two friends are obviously excited to see each other, but not all is hunky-dory.

Jordan Bridges as Lee in Love Finds A HomeFor Dr. Belinda, marriage began with the adoption of a 10-year-old precocious daughter (who is now, of course, at an age to begin courting), which kept her frustration and shame over her barrenness far from her deeply-wounded heart. Sarah’s visit causes Belinda to confront her own fears that her husband Lee is unhappy with her, or that she, herself, has somehow failed. Through all of this, she must constantly demonstrate her genuine, sincere happiness with her pregnant friend, without letting her pain ever slip through.

Janette Oke’s novel-turned-movie left me feeling more positive about the world, about the power of God to turn hard situations into amazing blessings. What struck me most was the innumerable times that people asked for—and were offered—forgiveness. Whether addressing word, deed, or personal prejudice, the ministry of reconciliation was beautifully portrayed throughout the entire film, and my heart was lighter for having watched it. I won’t be buying the whole boxed set, but for a niche film without big-name actors, it impressed me with the acting skills displayed and the melodrama that only almost happened.

I must mention two very obvious errors that I cringed over: first, one of the doctors talks about a very serious complication for pregnant women—eclampsia—and calls it “inclampsia.” As a student of medicine as well as a well-established patient, my eardrums nearly burst. Second, though all the other scenes had real-life infants, a doll was used in one shot that was so conspicuous I laughed aloud. Not good.

Also as a rule, I do not like romance novels, Christian or otherwise—they foster unrealistic expectations and, in my experience with couples counseling, can be as dangerous to intimacy as pornography.  But the best parts of this film are the innumerable demonstrations of honorable behavior. Married couples show courtesy and respect (like “please” and “thank you”); there is also romance, but not flashy in-your-face sexual innuendo—but neither is there shame in the God-given gift of making love. Further, Sarah demonstrates the beauty of showing humility in asking for forgiveness to both elders and fellow townspeople. No one is above sin in this movie—and no one is beyond forgiveness, either.

If only I could be as humble and keep my tongue as still as the characters in this film, I could save myself a mighty load of foot swallowing. (I can’t eat crow, thankfully!). And I think we could all benefit from seeing good examples of good apologies as well as gracious, modest forgiveness.

Love Finds A Home is unrated.  I might give it a PG for the maturity of medical issues portrayed—but just about any kid could watch it without much difficulty.

Courtesy of a national publicist, Jenn screened a promotional DVD of Love Finds A Home.