On the second Sunday of May, Mother's Day is celebrated in most countries around the world, including the United States and most of Latin America. From 3Love Inc. we want to salute and recognize all mothers on their day and, in a very special way, those who are responsible for the care of children with disabilities. Therefore, we want to remember some movies that pay tribute to them and show their dedication, devotion and unconditional love.
Forrest Gump (1994). Director: Robert Zemeckis. This drama tells the story of Forrest, a boy with a mild intellectual disability. The film spans several decades in the life of the protagonist (Tom Hanks) and how he becomes a witness to many decisive moments in the history of the United States in the second half of the 20th century. The love and advice of his mother (Sally Field) mark him into adulthood, as evidenced by the scene in which he recalls, “My mother always said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get.'”
Forrest Gump won 6 Oscars: best picture, directing, leading actor (Tom Hanks), adapted screenplay, editing and visual effects.
Sound and Fury (2000). Director: Josh Aronson. This documentary follows the Artinian family, who have lived with deafness through three generations, focusing on two brothers - Peter Artinian, who is deaf, and Chris Artinian, who is hearing - and their wives and children. Chris and Mari Artinian (who has a deaf father) discover that one of their newborn twins is deaf. They begin researching cochlear implantation and its advantages and disadvantages. At the same time, Heather, Peter and Nita's oldest daughter, begins to ask for an implant as well. The siblings, along with the grandparents of both parties, engage in a tense debate about the importance of deafness, the best form of education for their children, and the controversy of cochlear implants for young children.
Sound and Fury was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and won the Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review.
My Flesh and Blood (2003). Director: Jonathan Karsh. This documentary presents the life of Susan Tom, a woman who adopted eleven children, most of them with severe disabilities or illnesses. These children were rejected by their biological families because of mental or physical disabilities. The film is divided into seasons, beginning with the family participating in Halloween in the fall and ending in the summer of the following year. The film shows the challenges this unconventional family faces on a daily basis, but also their successes and joys.
My Flesh and Blood won the Emmy for Best Documentary and two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including the Audience Award for Best Film in the Documentary Competition.
Ray (2004). Director: Taylor Hackford. This biographical film is centered on the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles (Jamie Foxx). Early scenes show him being raised by his mother, Aretha, in a poor Florida home. Ray learns to play the piano at an early age, but is haunted by the accidental death of his younger brother George. Ray loses his sight and is completely blind by the age of seven. Aretha teaches him to be independent and enrolls him in a special school for deaf and blind children. Years later, Ray becomes a successful singer and an icon of American music.
Ray won two Oscars: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jamie Foxx) and Best Sound Mixing. It was also nominated in four other categories, including Best Picture.
Wonder (2017). Director: Stephen Chbosky. The protagonist of this drama is August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a 10-year-old boy who lives in Brooklyn with his mother Isabel (Julia Roberts), his father Nate (Owen Wilson), his older sister Via and his dog Daisy. Auggie was born with a rare facial deformity and has undergone 27 different operations on his face. For much of his life, he has been home-schooled by his loving mother Isabel, but when he reaches fifth grade, his parents decide to enroll him in a private school, which means for him the discovery of a new world.
Wonder was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Makeup and Hairstyling, for the prosthetics that were used to recreate the facial deformity of the protagonist.
By: Juan Carlos Ugarelli