When Lori Colson finds out that she is expecting her first child, she and her husband have the normal worries that comes along with a new life being brought into the world. However, when she finds out that she was adopted, she decides to find her biological parents, in the hopes to know who she is and what her child may turn out to be. Unfortunately during her search another mystery in itself starts to unravel and the town’s skeletons quickly become apparent. Will Lori be able to figure out what led to her being put up for adoption? Will she finally know who she is and live to tell the tale?
My Mother’s Secret is a thrilling and suspenseful film that captivates the audience with twists and turns that will make the viewer wonder what will happen next. This made-for-TV film, directed by Curtis Crawford (The Perfect Roommate), is a great film to watch on a rainy day and it will keep your attention at the screen. Starring Nicole De Boer (Cube) and seasoned actress Barbara Niven (Redline), My Mother’s Secret‘s acting is not at all as bad as one might think. The directing was also not too bad, but the post-production editing definitely could have used a bit more work as needless scenes like the “driving here and there” parts prolonged the film an halted the film’s tempo from time to time.
One must realise that these made-for-TV films don’t usually have the lucrative budgets that mainstream cinema films have and usually they’re made to fill time-slots in between more sought after films. Sometimes these types of films fail miserably, but My Mother’s Secret is not one of those. It’s got a lot of redeemable qualities to it, such as a good plot (though it is slightly cliché) and convincing characters and it’s re-watchable at the end of the day. Sadly, the post-production editing does take something away from the flick regardless of the rest. On a side-note, My Mother’s Secret is predictable as well in many ways, but the intensity that the film tried to capture made it enjoyable and not at all unwanted in one’s collection. All in all, Curtis Crawford did not do a bad job whatsoever on this number…
Personally it’s one of those bad-good movies, where you’re on the edge of not really knowing if you should or shouldn’t purchase it. Frankly, I’d not purchase it and I wouldn’t necessarily advise others to purchase the film either. However, considering that this type of movie will not be shown on South African television channels easily, it’s probably not a bad idea to at the very least rent it and see if it’s your cup of tea. The fact is, I’ve seen much worse and My Mother’s Secret did entertain me for the duration of the story, even if the ending was slightly bland.
If you do want to buy the film, click on the image and you’ll be directed to the right page on Kalahari.net.