Friday, October 14, 2011

Amish Grace: Family Movie Review

This movie is based on the true story of the fateful day in October 2006, in the quiet Amish community of Pennsylvania, where a school shooting killed five young Amish girls.

The Amish community of Nickel Mines is a peaceful community bound together by love, labor, and families. But none of them were prepared for the tragedy brought by their trusted milk man Charlie Roberts. Charlie walks into the one room schoolhouse and takes all the Amish girls hostage, shoots ten of them, then takes his own life.

When Gideon and Ida Graber learn what's happened they anxiously await in uncertainty with the rest of the children's parents of whether or not their two daughters were included in the hostages. The panicked school teacher in hysteria tells the authorities who have arrived on the scene what happened.

Meanwhile Gideon Graber and the church elder go to the home of Amy Roberts, Charlie's wife and convey that they do not hold bitterness toward her or her husband for what he did.
The Grabers, after waiting in agony, finally come to learn that their eldest sixteen year old daughter was one of the deceased. Ida crumbles in disbelief and utter despair.
When Amy Roberts attempts to get closer to the Amish community who has shown her so much compassion and grace, Ida Graber is one of the few who cannot forgive Amy for her husband's actions. Can Ida find the strength and grace to give to Amy? Can she trust in God's will for her family?

The movie portrays well the different emotions and reactions of the families in Nickel mines. The story is very emotional and powerful in the message of redemption and grace in the midst of turmoil and facing the unthinkable.

The story was very refreshing in its cleanliness as well.

Indecency: None
Violence: Nothing is shown pertaining to guns, nor is the shooting shown or any injured. You simply see the covered up body of Mary Beth Graber and her mother's reaction to seeing her.
Language: None
Age level: 10-up
Warning! If you are like me and have a tendency to be extremely emotional during movies, don't watch this.

1 comment:

Wiola said...

A truly tragic story. I remember when I read this in the news. Two of the young girls told the gun-man to shoot them first, so that the others might be spared.

I still can't fathom what happened here a while ago, at Ut√łya island where 69 people (children mostly) were shot to death. It's so unreal somehow that one person can be capable of so much cruelty. However, if one man can show so much hate, imagine how much love we can all show together.