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Vanessa Redgrave stars as Esther, a woman who befriends and helps out Michael (Chad Willet), a young man who has had a tough life and could possibly lose out on the love of his life. Through her friendship and guidance, she tries to see Michael through … see full wiki

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The Locket

  • Dec 28, 2008
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"Can I see your world
through your locket
counting the thoughts of forgotten"
~Puddle of Mud

The Locket is a sentimental, character driven movie about the events in the lives of two people.  Michael has been taking care of his mother who is dying from cancer, putting off his employment and college education.   He is dating Faye, a girl from the other side of the tracks, much to the chagrin of her parents.  When Michael's mother dies, he is faced with insurmountable bills and is left pretty much on the edge, not knowing what his future entails.  He accepts a nurses aide position at the local upscale nursing home and finds his life changes completely.

Faye is accepted at UCLA, clear across the US from where they live and he receives a rather prestigious scholarship at the local college.  That is not the only change.  Once at the nursing home he makes acquaintance with Esther, an embittered woman who had lost the love of her life, and Henry, a wizened old black man that is at the root of Michael's further troubles.

After Faye leaves for UCLA, with Michael leaving her alone so she can get on with her life, he is manipulated by a fellow employee when he spurns her attentions.  She is a rather vile creature, as it turns out, but thanks to Esther's interference [uh, help] Michael stands a chance of saving his future.   Michael must also, at Esther's urging, learn to forgive his alcoholic father that left the family ten years before.

This film was directed by Karen Arthur, winning two awards.  There is no rating but at most I would give it a PG rating.  Vanessa Redgrave took on the role of Esther giving a new definition to the aging process in movies.  She is stereotypical nosy old woman, getting overly involved in Michael's life, once she decides to accept him that is.  Perhaps she overacted the role a bit, but I enjoyed her performance anyway.

Mary McDonnell was the head of the nursing home, Helen.  She was properly empathic and devoted to her patients and her staff.  Michael was played by Chad Willett.  At times he seemed almost too Casper Milquetoast as one catastrophe after another hits him.  He just blindly plods through, accepting and never judging anyone.  I thought, however, he gave a good performance and seemed dedicated to the part.

Some of the scenery was quite beautiful, filmed right here in NC at a wonderful old inn in Wilmington.  Even the interior shots were clean and clear, which isn't always the case in darkened rooms.  Overall it was an enjoyable production, probably not a lot of people's cup of tea since it bordered on the sentimental side and was definitely cliched to the hilt.



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