“Saving Sarah Cain”

Saving Sarah Cain

By Jae-Ha Kim
January 4, 2008

Directed by Michael Landon, Jr., Saving Sarah Cain is a sweet film with an Afterschool Special vibe about a family thrown together by unfortunate circumstances. When her Amish sister dies, Sarah (Lisa Pepper, What About Brian) is forced to question her priorities. Should she move to Pennsylvania where the children feel safe within their Amish community, or should she relocate them to Oregon where she has a successful career as a newspaper columnist?

Presuming that the children are more adaptable than she is, Sarah opts for the latter and gives it a shot at making the kids feel at home.

But the five orphans have a difficult time trying to fit in to the modern world. They also are still grieving the loss of their mother, whose ways were much different than that of their more abrupt aunt.

Like his father, the younger Landon has a deft touch at creating scenarios that are heart-tugging, but not too maudlin. The fish-out-of-water concept isn’t a new one, but it’s executed well by both Pepper and the young actors portraying the children.

Though the film tries to force a surprise ending, the outcome is expected and welcome.

And while no one has a miraculous change of heart, the viewer can see that the sextet is creating its own kind of family–one that works for within the frame of their unique circumstances.


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