Moms in Film
January 2011. Even South Carolina is looking like a frozen tundra this week. So, under the circumstances (a bad economy and iced-over roads), the occasion has been perfect to dig-into your Netflix account to tour the world for nine dollars a month. Single Minded Women, the online destination for single women put together a list of Top Films about Single Moms.
Who can forget Julia Roberts depicting the true story of Erin Brockovich uncovering information about toxic dumping in her town? I was riveted watching Brockovich's tenacity when the film came out in 2000 on the big screen.
More than 10 years after Brockovich, delivered in a signature red envelope, I viewed Live and Become, a coming of age drama about two decades in the life of an Ethiopian youth, Schlomo. Brought to Israel when his birth mother gives him up, she tells him "Go! Live and Become".
Schlomo struggles with his identity throughout the film, concealing who he really is even from Sarah, the woman he marries. When his adoptive mother Yael finally shares the true story with his wife though, Sarah tells him "You sure have a lot of mothers." Yes, three instrumental women, (as well as several pivotal males) carry Schlomo through numerous adversities on the way to the films stunning conclusion, and his role as a successful adult. Inspiring, memorable, Live and Become is not to be missed.
I also viewed (this time as a Netflix Instant Streaming) the wonderful Mom-Flick Beyond Belief, the true story of two 9-11 widows who each gave birth shortly after losing their husband's. Through their common tragic circumstances, Susan Retik and Patti Quigley made an instant connection with one another.
Needing to get beyond their grieving, they find the strength together to embark on a spiritual bike ride from Ground Zero, home to Boston. Conceived as fundraiser for Afghan widows, this beautiful film chronicals their travel to Afghanistan and the two womens realization that we are all connected. Their goal lives on through the organization they founded, Beyond the 11th.
Speaking about fundraisers, we can't forget the 2003 British success Calendar Girls, also a true story about a bunch of old girls who go bare to raise money for a couch in the local hospitals cancer wing. To date, they have raised more than two million British Lbs. for Leukemia research, leaving the role of a determined woman not to be underestimated. How's that for Mom-Inspiration on snowy day?