‘The Color of Rain’ ~
CFDb Movie Review & Recommendation
How two families found Faith, Hope and Love in the midst of tragedy.
After cancer claims Matt Kell’s life on Christmas Day 2005, his widow, Gina and two young boys are left to cope with the pain of his loss while their close church community gathers around them for support.
Wanting to be close to her kids, Gina starts to volunteer at their elementary school and meets the Spehn children, Jack, Danny and Charlotte. In a gut-wrenching coincidence, just weeks after Matt’s death, the Spehn’s mom, Cathy, also suddenly succumbs to cancer, leaving her distraught husband, Michael, to care for their three kids on his own.
Sensing the hopelessness in Michael she so recently saw in herself, Gina reaches out to Michael and his kids and the two families begin to forge an unlikely friendship and close bond. Over the year that follows, their lives become intertwined as they learn to lean on each other during the at-times insurmountable obstacles, tears and adversity and begin to heal with laughter, compassion and faith.
As Gina and Michael realize their new found friendship is so much more, they struggle against some surprising resistance from their families and community to unite their two grieving families as one and eventually learn to open their hearts to love again.
This is a very realistic film about the struggles after the loss of a spouse with some great moments of humor throughout. Here are some highlights:
- You’ll go when you’re called.
- Always tell the truth and let your words stand for something.
- Realistic about what some people go through after the death of a spouse, especially when the surviving spouse has children.
- The selfless act of the wife before she passed away.
- Loved the working together song.
- Loved the kids note to their dad.
- Based on a true story. Didn’t know that until the ending.
The bottom line is that anything can happen to anyone at any time. The question to ask ourselves is, “What is the right thing to do to support the surviving spouse”? Sometimes people overdo things and sometimes people just pass judgment and end up causing more pain to people already in pain.
This film really impressed me the importance of being sensitive to other people’s needs. As Jesus told us, to do unto others as we would have others do unto us.
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