Movie Synopsis: JANE & EMMA is based on the life of Sister Jane Manning, one of the first black Mormons. She returns to Nauvoo to find that Joseph Smith, her prophet and friend, has been assassinated. Jane spends a ceaseless night with his widow, Emma Smith, sitting watch over the body of the prophet as a whirlwind of loss and confusion leaves them wondering how either one of them will be able to move forward. Through the long night, Jane wonders if the prophet’s promise to extend the blessings of eternity to her has died along with him. The film explores the possible events of that night, including Jane’s endeavor to remain amongst the Mormon people and Emma’s struggle to cope with her heartbreaking loss. Poignant issues of racism and polygamy threaten to break their bond of friendship. In the end, will Jane and Emma have the courage to follow the path each believes they must take?
My thoughts: Wow! When you have just watched a movie that has touched you it is difficult to formulate the words to describe your feelings. This movie tackled subjects that are uncomfortable and eye-opening. My sympathies for the time period have been stirred. There is something about having it acted out and presented to you that adds another level of understanding than just reading it as part of history. I'm grateful that the message wasn't sugarcoated.
This story deals with grief. The grief of losing a husband and grief from bigotry. The emotions drive the movie. The actresses who portray Jane and Emma did a fantastic job! This DVD is definitely a keeper. It's worth sharing with your friends and family too. (If you can stand to let someone borrow it.)
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy of the DVD. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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