Natural Selection

January 17th, 2012
Author: Meredith Taylor

Director Robbie Pickering                      

Cast Rachael Harris, Matt O’Leary, Jon Gries, John Diehl

USA  90min

Deep in the Texan bible belt, Linda’s a gentle and devoted wife to Abe (John Diehl)  and a would-be mother.  But Abe won’t have sex with her anymore on the pretext that it’s just for procreation, according to his religious belief. So far she’s been infertile.  A sudden stroke leaves Abe in hospital and Linda discovers he’s been secretly donating sperm for many years in a local clinic.  Hurt and angry Linda decides to pursue  one of his offspring, a drunken, drop-out called Raymond (Joh Gries).  It’s a decision that will change her life forever.  Divine intervention is put into an intriguing context in this tale that examines our unconscious ways of dealingg with the prospect of loneliness, death and terminal illmess.  There’s a sincerity and touching quality to Linda played here with great emotional depth by Rachael Harris.  Shot on a shoestring budget and improvised to great effect, this is a woman’s tale of triumph over adversity and of real lives touched by hope and redemption.

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