About The Movie "The Shunning":
Before she succumbs to cancer, the dying wish of Laura Mayfield-Bennett is to be reunited with the daughter she never knew. Unfortunately, that daughter, Katie Lapp, is a member of the Amish order. Katie is about to be married, but uneasy about the path ahead. Now she discovers the secret her parents have kept from her.
The film is based on the celebrated first novel of the best-selling "The Heritage of Lancaster County" book series from author Beverly Lewis. Stars Danielle Panabaker & Sherry Stringfield.
About the Author Beverly Lewis:
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Lewis to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with "The Shunning," which has sold more than one million copies. In 2007, Lewis' "The Brethren" was honored with a Christy Award.
Lewis has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Lewis lives with her husband, David, in Colorado.
I have not read the book, so I do not know if the movie closely follows the plot. The movie keeps you wondering through the first half what secret Katie's family has been keeping from her. It flows very well and the acting draws you into the story. After watching this, I think I may go back and read the book!
I read on the Shunning website that this story was inspired by Beverly Lewis' grandmother, who was actually shunned for her choice to marry her husband. The old order Amish way of life is so different from my own, that I find it very fascinating to learn more about their traditions and why they follow certain rules.
I also love the quality and family values of Hallmark movies! The acting can be a little stilted sometimes, but this did not feel that way. I think Danielle Panabaker is a wonderful actress; my only criticism is that her accent went in and out at times. The other actors' accents appeared solid and authentic. I also noticed that the Amish characters were wearing eye-liner and make-up that was a bit distracting, especially since Amish women do not wear make-up. Perhaps they could use make-up that is more subtle to have the actors still appear well on film but not be as obvious and distracting.
I hope that they continue with the story and produce another movie! The ending left me wondering what happens next, and since this is a series of books, I hope that this is popular enough to film the remainder of the series. I really enjoyed getting to know the character of Katie and would like to see where her journey takes her next.
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