Melissa and I watched a wonderful and haunting film this week called “Like Dandelion Dust.” Two very different couples have their lives intersect over a shared love for a 6 year-old boy. One set gave him up for adoption, and the other became his new family.
Yet, the birth father didn’t know he had a son given the circumstances in his life and the troubled relationship he and his wife had at that time. And now he wants the boy back.
And that’s where the turmoil comes.
Obviously, anyone who is a parent will react strongly to this whole struggle. Who can blame a father for wanting his child back? Who can blame a mother for wanting to hold on to the child she has called her own from his earliest days? What would you do to keep your child?
While it’s definitely a tear-jerker, it’s not overly mellow-dramatic. The characters have a real depth and no easy answers are presented. Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper—the birth parents—play amazing roles, as shown in the number of awards this film picked up along the way at various film festivals.
I won’t tell you how it ends, where the title comes from or if redemption is found in this one. I’ll just say that I bet it sticks with you like it’s done to me. I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time.
Definitely queue-worthy. Tell me what you think of this one.
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