October Baby: A Movie Review

Ray Noble

Ray Noble

Here’s a movie review of October Baby that I posted today:

Jaded movie critics will ridicule October Baby as implausible — Andrew O’Hehir of Salon.com already has. What about it fails O’Hehir’s smell test: The failed abortion? The daughter’s search? The biological mother’s response? But counselors know many women who grieve a past abortion and even know some who grieve the medical consequences of a failed abortion attempt. The victims are our neighbors but, understandably, they prefer anonymity.

Shari Rigby

Shari Rigby

Actress Shari Rigby, the fine actress who plays the birth mother, was one of them. Only after she was sought for the role did she reveal her own post abortion grief from years ago, under circumstances bearing an eerie resemblance to this film story.

Rachel Hendrix delivers a first-rate, starring performance as the daughter.Nonetheless, this movie won’t win any Oscars and probably won’t fill many theaters. But that is only because it is more truthful than we are. It tells a story that is all too frequent, but one that, in the thinking of many, seems better to pretend doesn’t exist.

Rachel Hendrix plays the daughter, Hannah, in October Baby, in theaters now

Rachel Hendrix plays the daughter, Hannah, in October Baby, in theaters now

Here’s the movie trailer:

About Ray Noble

Deus et Patria -- A Website for Americans Who Enjoy Being Catholic ... and Vice Versa. ABOUT ME: Retired lawyer-law professor-author. Raised in NJ, now living in Florida. Widower and Father. EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENTS: Summa Cum Laude, Undergrad debating scholarship, Fulbright scholarship, Campion Scholar at Oxford University, Presidential Scholar at Boston College Law School, law review editor. DIVERSE PROFESSIONAL LIFE: Corporate lawyer, state (NJ) Deputy Atty General for Civil Rights, Law school associate professor (St. John's University), legal writer, author of guide for women at the request of the New Jersey League of Women Voters, state judiciary's chief of long range planning, state bar association's chief counsel, USIA law reform rep in Gaza and the West Bank, co-founder and overseer of 9/11 Mass Disaster relief program for World Trade Center victims. In 2001, after 33 years of marriage and 8 children (6 living daughters), Alice, the love of my life (my high school sweetheart), died when she was only 55 years old. I still miss her deeply and always will. But in 2002, an unexpected, new chapter began when I left the practice of law and became a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal for 3 blessed years. I served in the Hispanic apostolate and the pro-life ministry, counseling outside abortion mills in Manhattan and the Bronx. I loved the CFRs' radical commitment to poverty. I also treasured the abundant daily prayer that included Mass, the Divine Office, daily Eucharistic adoration and rosary, and both communal and private contemplative prayer. But in 2005, while I was still in temporary vows, one of my daughters was hospitalized, with long term needs. It became clear to others and to me that my 3 years as a friar.was to become a prelude to other things. Retiring to central Florida, I continue to see my daughter's needs as my first commitment. I also work to combat human trafficking. In my parish ministries and in my life as a single senior citizen, I try to continue the life I knew as a friar as much as I can. This website is a recent development. I hope you find it helpful and, at least occasionally, fun. I do.
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