GIGI AND NATE – Review by T.J. Callahan

Nate is 18. Six weeks away from college. Enjoying the summer swimming and diving in the lakes of North Carolina with his friends when he develops meningitis that renders him a quadriplegic. With the trajectory of his young life changed from freedom to hours of physical therapy and dependence, Nate doesn’t see a reason to live…until his mother signs him up for a service animal. In swings Gigi, a Capuchin monkey rescued from a low rent petting zoo and trained to help humans. Gigi and Nate is a film with life lessons. It brings hope from sorrow without being sappy.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Jan 27 to Feb 3: SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN

Director Maggie Greenwald’s film Sophie and the Rising Sun is distinctly old-fashioned, sturdy in its construction, stolid even, but with fine details of time and place that add depth and grain to the action. The film is a handsome affair about interracial romance and racial prejudice, and although it occasionally traffics in sentiment, the solidity and strength provided by the female cast keeps it focused on rational tolerance, womanly solidarity and a little old thing called love. Read On…

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