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This is definitely a movie for the times. Its plot embodies all the vital elements which go into making a great story. This includes the difficulties affecting a nation, hardships faced by a young and growing family in modern times, raw emotions of the average person, relationship building and maintaining even during difficult times.

This is not a fairytale story, where moving away solves the problems of escaping the dangers associated with one area and find utter happiness and bliss in a new Shangri-La. This is an epic tale of real people, facing real challenges and struggles in real life situations wrought with suspense.

It deals with dashed hopes and fears, life and death, a marriage in crisis, failures, which cause a weak person to contemplate succumbing to the habits of life that may utterly destroy them. Then someone comes along who, by extending a hand of friendship, opens up a new world which brings hope and change a life for the better.

This is a movie that has you in stitches laughing one minute and bawling your eyes out the next. You feel the pain and anguish of the death of a child and the blame felt, by the one who feels at fault. The pull on family life and relationships is very strong in this movie.

For those who have struggled with questions of faith and issues of Bible related beliefs, this movie very tenderly covers those topics. It shows elements of simple faith; belief, trust and a life of prayer despite apparently insurmountable odds. The writer very succinctly uses a potato analogy.

You do not have to be a farmer to attest to the hardiness of a potato. Most of us have had the experience of cleaning out a refrigerator compartment and finding an old potato budding and growing without soil or water. This one liner, Faith like Potatoes in its very simplicity, carries a wealth of truth easily interpreted by anyone.

The movie is brilliant, heart- warming and inspiring. It is perfect for family entertainment, when Dad is home and Mom wants the evening off to relax. You don’t have to get a baby-sitter, just put some popcorn on while Dad runs out to rent the movie.

| 2006 | 1 hr 56 min | 6.7/10
Frank Rautenbach, Jeanne Neilson, Hamilton Dlamini, Candice D'Arcy
Global Creative Studios
Regardt van den Bergh
Produced By
Frans Cronje, Kirstin Barwise (line producer)

Also directed by Regardt van den Bergh

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