Good Baby, A

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  • NR
  • 2000
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 6.8  (340)
  • 74

Good Baby, A is a 1999 independent drama film directed by Katherine Dieckmann. The film stars Henry Thomas as Raymond, a young man who has just married Franny, played by Cara Seymour. The story is set in the rural South of the United States, and revolves around the birth of Franny's baby, who is born with Down syndrome. David Strathairn plays Franny's brother, who is a self-righteous and narrow-minded preacher. His disapproval of Raymond and Franny's decision to keep the baby creates tension within the family. Raymond, who struggles with his new role as a father to a child with disabilities, finds solace in the company of a young girl named Inez, who he meets while working at a local diner. Inez lives with her father, who is an alcoholic, and the two share a special bond.

The film addresses several themes, including the challenges faced by parents of children with developmental disabilities, the meaning of family, and the prejudices and biases that exist within society towards those who are different. The film also explores the complexities of human relationships and the ways in which they can be strained by external pressures.

Despite its heavy subject matter, the film is infused with moments of humor and charm. The performances by the cast are nuanced and authentic, particularly by Thomas, who effectively portrays the struggles faced by Raymond as he attempts to navigate his new life as a father. Seymour's performance as Franny is equally powerful, and her character's unwavering determination to love and care for her child despite the challenges is commendable.

The cinematography of the film is also notable, capturing the beauty of the Southern landscape while also conveying the grittiness and turmoil of the characters' lives. The soundtrack, which features several classic country and folk songs, adds to the film's authentic Southern feel.

Overall, Good Baby, A is a thought-provoking and poignant film that tackles a difficult subject matter with sensitivity and grace. It is a film that celebrates the strength of the human spirit and the importance of compassion and understanding.

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    1 hr 30 min
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    6.8  (340)
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