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Amish Grace

Amish Grace

Gregg Champion (2010)

88min
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Could you forgive your child's murderer? That's one of the difficult questions raised by this poignant and thought-provoking true-life drama about a 2006 shooting in an Amish school in Pennsylvania. A non-sensational look at human responses to grief and loss, the book-based TV movie centres on the crisis of faith suffered by a fictional victim's mother (an affecting Kimberly Williams-Paisley) as she struggles to accept her community's decision to not only pardon the dead outsider for killing five youngsters but also help his distraught family. Though the key performances are strong, it's this focus on the tragedy's emotional impact that makes the film and papers over Williams-Paisley's occasionally unconvincing behaviour and the stereotypical portrayal of the Amish. Consequently, even when events sometimes feel contrived, their lessons of forgiveness and kindness remain inspirational and deeply touching.

Summary

A gunman murders five Amish children before taking his own life. The community's leaders maintain a stance of unconditional forgiveness in the face of condemnation from the media, and offer their support to the killer's widow. However, one grieving mother struggles to live up to her religious convictions. Fact-based drama, starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Tammy Blanchard.

Cast & Crew

Ida Graber Kimberly Williams
Amy Roberts Tammy Blanchard
Gideon Graber Matt Letscher
Jill Green Fay Masterson
Levi Brennaman Madison Mason
Henry Taskey Gary Graham
Katie Graber Karley Scott Collins
Hannah Taylor Ann Thompson
Jacob Trevor Thompson
Director Gregg Champion
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Other Information

Language: English Colour

Drama

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