Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Like Dandelion Dust
The story talked about other filmmakers who were taking a different approach. Producers Kevin and Bobby Downes are veterans of the Christian movie business. But they have decided to pursue projects that have a broader and more universal appeal. I was intrigued about a new upcoming movie called Like Dandelion Dust. Could they make a film that is entertaining, uplifting, and honored God all at the same time? The DVD was released just a couple of weeks ago. Now I would have my answers.
Let’s face it. Most Christian movies feel like Christian movies. They don’t feel genuine or authentic and at times feel manipulative. However, Like Dandelion Dust is the real deal. It has a gritier feel. I would go as far to classify it as an art house movie. At its heart, it is a redemptive story with strong universal themes that we all can relate to.
Rip wants to put his life back together. After giving up drinking, he decides to sue for custody of his six-year old son. Rip and Wendy are working-class people with limited resources. The adoptive parents, Jack (Cole Hauser) and Molly Campbell (Kate Levering) are well-to-do and live the good life in Florida. They have provided a loving home for Joey (Maxwell Perry Coton). The tug-of-war starts with Joey being in the middle of all of the conflict and heart-wrenching decisions that will change everyone’s lives.
Throughout the entire film, God’s mercy and grace are ever present. There is an opportunity for all the characters to find the ability to forgive themselves and seek redemption. The message doesn’t overwhelm the film or have a forced agenda but allows it the freedom to find its own voice.
The film certainly received a substantial amount of critical acclaim. It won the 2009 Audience Award for Best Drama at the Heartland Film Festival, plus 25 other awards in numerous other film festivals. The good news is Like Dandelion Dust is easily available on DVD. I picked it up at Wal-Mart for only ten bucks, a real deal. It’s also available for rent in Red Boxes. So, finding it will be no problem.