As the curtain rises, Hannah is about to perform her theatrical debut in a college play when she collapses, seemingly from stage fright. We later learn that Hannah has many health problems and they likely all stem from her traumatic birth. What she doesn’t realize is that her traumatic birth is the result of a failed abortion, after which the parents she has always known actually adopted her. She feels betrayed that her parents did not tell her sooner and she goes on a mission to find her birth mother. Hannah learns many lessons about herself, about the past, about friendship and about the true love of a parent.
I think this is an amazing message of forgiveness, healing and hope. The actress who plays the birth mother in the movie talks about her real life dealings with abortion and forgiveness – do not miss the interviews found on the DVD to hear her amazing, real-life story.
But, in some ways, the movie is almost too intense, painfully tear-jerking at times. Although I realize this situation is very intense when people experience it in their life, the heaviness of so very many of the scenes made it somewhat of hard movie to keep watching – but I was so attached to the storyline and the characters by then, that I just couldn’t turn it off!
One of my favorite quotes in the movie is from the character portrayed by Jasmine Guy, Nurse Mary:
“I didn’t see no tissue. I just saw the face of a child.”