Sometimes we all need a pick me up to remind us to stay hopeful and appreciate the kindness of others around us. Little did I know that an invitation to attend a movie viewing would be this opportunity for me! I got to see the brand new, teary, inspirational, lovely film, Miracles from Heaven, which will be coming to theatres near you starting on March 16th.
The film’s story focuses on two main characters, a mother and her 10-year-old daughter who is frequently in and out of hospitals for years as they diagnose and try to treat her horrible digestive pain. The mom is played by actress Jennifer Garner who does an amazing job conveying the heartache that moms feel when they can’t fix their child’s pain. After going through some health problems with my daughter when she was young I instantly understood the frustration a mom feels when the medical community is not able to quickly and simply tell you the problem and solve it when your child is sick.
In our case, my daughter Teagan was born with gastric issues and we made countless visits to specialists with her as a newborn. At only weeks old, she was made to endure colonoscopies. Just the simple act of nursing became troublesome and we had trials with all sorts of formulas and more appointments with specialists. Eventually we found a medicated formula that worked for her specific dairy allergy. As a new mom, all I cared about was Teagan. I felt so helpless and wanted answers. Our situation wasn’t as extreme as the movie, but as a mom I completely understand how important it is to follow your gut and seek opinions from other doctors when you have a hurting child.
The movie is so much more than about hospitals and diseases though, it is based on a true story of the Beam family. Their sick little girl, Anna, all of a sudden experienced a freak accident while climbing a tree with her older sister. Ultimately and unexplainably, this accident cured Anna of all her gastric conditions.
Medical specialists that had been treating her now say she is asymptomatic, and have no explanation as to how it happened. The story comes alive due to the development of the many characters the Beam family meets on their life journey – from a family with a sick child, to a family involved in traumatic rescue and then ultimately a family trying to understand a miracle recovery.
The movie was produced by DeVon Franklin. After the special viewing, the audience got time to ask him questions about the film and the movie making process. My favorite part of the conversation was when he talked about superhero movies certainly being the rage, but that he viewed moms as the superheroes that truly make the difference in their children’s lives. I share this belief and think he did a good job of conveying this on the big screen through characters, their actions and dialogue.
The director’s goal was to show the audience that miracles are all around us and to have hope. He wanted to show that even on our darkest days, we need to keep fighting because you never know what could happen. Who doesn’t need to be reminded of this? Again I think this movie brought this message alive by telling me a story that is an everyday one that turned into an amazingly wonderful, mysterious journey.
This inspiring family offered the filmmakers the rare opportunity to make a movie that conveys a positive message and values like kindness, hope, hard work, faith, trust, and love of family, that will resonate with audience members of all ages. I highly recommend you take your families to see this film. See it and tell your story #MiraclesfromHeaven
Directed by: Patricia Riggen
Screenplay by: Randy Brown
Based on the book by: Christy Beam
Produced by: Joe Roth, T.D. Jakes and DeVon Franklin
Miracles from Heaven is in theaters everywhere on March 16. Watch the trailer below.
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