Grace Is Gone

Grace Is Gone

DVD - 2008
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Stanley Phillips is a sad, disconnected man unable to tell his young daughters that their mother, a soldier, has died in Iraq. Instead, he takes the girls on a road trip, where their innocent charm helps him rediscover a healing joy he thought he'd lost forever.
Publisher: [United States] : The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment ; Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by Genius Products, [2008]
ISBN: 9781594450662
Branch Call Number: DVD GRACE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 18, 2016

Watched this movie with my 14 yr old and husband during dinner. Perfect for a meal as it was a real life paced movie. Sad and anxious in spots as to when Dad will be outed for not telling children right away Mom is dead. As an ex military wife I'm glad for the spotlight on the non glamorous military family view.

Sep 19, 2013

Very believable story about a man left behind to raise his girls and work in an everyday job. His wife is in the military and dies. How he copes, how he tells his girls is worth the slow pace. I imagine that life is very dull, boring and lack lustre when you never know from day to day whether your spouse is alive or dead. Hollywood has put out many movies where it's a glorious life and everyone has the fancy house, amazing job, loads of money and supportive family. THIS is NOT how most of us live. I believe this film gives and honest account of life in the home of a military family. When I watched the extras after the movie it showed the family that was the basis for this film. They seem very well off financially. It was a 180 from what we have come to expect... usually the real family is struggling and the Hollywood family is not. Interesting. For those that commented the film moves slowly, it does. I believe this was intentional to mark the tediousness of our lives as we wait for a loved one to return. We are in limbo. Then, finding out they are not coming home, daily life almost stops. We hung in and watched the whole thing. It was very good.

Aug 06, 2013

Not a film to watch if your getting low on Prozac. Or caffeinated beverages either, as the pace is, well, unhurried. I selected it based solely on John Cusack's participation, as I am an enthusiast of (most of) the man's work. He reveals a facet of himself here I can't say that I've seen from him before, exhibiting the immeasurable grief of Stanley Phillips remarkably well. The two young ladies costarring with him were quite impressive also, with true ability for being natural and relaxed. Surprising to see the sympathetic score credited to Clint Eastwood (an accomplished jazz pianist). Evidently, Rob Reiner was originally on-board as the director, but inexplicably bowed-out at the last minute. Writer James C. Strouse took over the project, as his directorial debut, and at times, it shows. I give the man credit for a decent end result, and Cusack and the girls sufficiently carry the film, but I do wonder "what might've been" with Reiner holding the reins.

voisjoe1 Jan 30, 2012

Nice to see John Cusack in the serious role of a father of two young girls. This movie deals with acceptance of loss and even briefly delves into the necessity of the 2nd Iraq War.

Aug 20, 2008

Watchable (Fair) - The subject matter in this film is very serious and you want to feel for the characters but unfortunately, the pace is rather slow and there are too many "empty" scenes before getting to the point of the picture. Empty scenes include scenes of driving throught the countryside, getting out of cars, walking from one place to another without any dialogue. I understand the direction of the film which is supposed to represent the voids in John Cusack's character as he contemplates what to tell his daughters but the film is also supposed to entertain as much as educate. The positives in this film is the acting - the girls are wonderful and real


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Aug 06, 2013

John Phillips: "...It's important that people have their own views based on an understanding of FACTS... ...But it's also important not to trust the facts because most of them are lies." Heidi Phillips: "I don't understand." John Phillips: "It basically comes down to... a gut thing. You just have to be open, to allowing for a truth which differs from your own opinions. Or else you'll never actually see the truth at all."


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