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Recommended and reviewed by

Sr. Jean Rhoads, DC

Same Kind of Different as Me

PG-13, 2017, Drama, 1h 59m

This film has a few key characters —a dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton; a wealthy art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Cardin; his insightful wife with a huge heart and a stubborn dream. This story is quite amazing that no writer would dare create it. It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana and a cheap Texan bar and inside the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood way in an upscale New York gallery, a downtown dumpster and a Texas ranch. Pain, betrayal and brutality are clearly depicted and yet the true story shines through with an unexpected, life-changing love.

I consider the movie laced with a Vincentian spirit because of a woman’s ability to see beneath the surface of neighbors, friends, and family, to see beyond so-called limitations of backgrounds and socio-economic levels, and to bring out hope and possibilities. Each person is treated with respect no matter how his or her behavior deems otherwise. The seed of collaboration is also planted in unexpected places and lives to bear solid fruit.

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