Greetings Dear Ladies,
It certainly means a great deal to me that so many of you come here during your tea break from your busy home life, and I hope what you find here is something to feed your soul and revive your mood!
I was having look at the recent Victoria magazine that my DH brought me home from Walmart (he likes that there is a 10 percent discount on magazines there), and while I was looking at the lovely country pictures in it, I started to think about a recent book I read depicting similar scenes, called "Love Finds You in Charm, Ohio" by Annalise Doughety which has recently been made into a movie.
Although I had not thought of posting anything on my homemaking blog here when I watched the movie, the new Victoria magazine photos of the farming country and some of the articles about the lodging and bed and breakfasts, etc. were like "Love Finds You in Charm."
Since the movie was only shown first in June, it does not appear to be available to buy as a DVD or a download for devices yet. It airs on UPTV September 20 at 7pm. (Click link to see more clips of this movie.) I don't have tv and have not found out how to tune into this station for this movie but I certainly would like to find a source or a place to buy the dvd.
After reading about the author down at the end of the page here I am more interested in writing something about my impressions of both the book and the movie,
... amidst piles of laundry that needs to be hung on the line, beds that need making, and a sink full of pots and pans, I am attempting to post my thoughts about this story while I can still remember ;-). If I don't put them in print quickly,they fly right out of my mind. I am sure I am the not the only one this happens to!
Above: Noah in contemplation in the country where he belongs.
Before I continue, I am posting a clip of this movie in which the producers, the author of the book, and the actors explain more about the theme of this story. Please click on the arrow to watch:
One of the overriding themes of this story is the often sought-after but elusive quality of contentment. Each character, and the actors themselves, admit that often what restless young people are looking for is right in front of them, at home. The story has a happy ending, and of course I wouldn't post any book or movie that did not!
UPTV has quite a few clips to watch here http://uptv.com/movies/love-finds-you-in-charm/, but there doesn't seem to be any where to purchase this movie either as a did or online.
Noah in his blue shirt. You know I am really tuned in to cloth and color, don't you ;-) (He looks like a cousin of ours in Midwest who also is a farmer.)
Here, Noah asks Emma some serious questions about the real reason she came to Charm and what she is looking for.
When I saw this was a story about an Amish girl, my imagination took me to dull costumes, dark corners lit by poor lantern light, strict living, limited activities, and all the typical things a person thinks of when considering that lifestyle.
However the movie struck me first with the beautiful scenery which was like no other, and when shown from the train window, more adventurous. Being the seamstress and stitcher than I am, the beautiful fabric, color and styles in the clothing of the main character, Emma Miller really got my attention.
Throughout the movie I lost count of the changes of clothes with different necklines, sleeves, and the colors, (some in the picture, below)...
... but listed white, light aqua, burgundy, teal, green, light yellow, lavender, mauve, brown, beige and deep purple. Each dress color seemed to go with the mood of that scene: white was a fresh, new start, yellow an optimistic, sunny moment,
and teal, like the color of deep water, can evoke a sense of serious deep thinking, and down-to-earth reality.
If you have ever studied the effect of color on the mood, you may have seen that blues often represent peace and heavenly feelings (seriousness) and greens give an impression of outdoors and health, while reds and burgundy's cast a festive look. This movie had colors in clothing that seemed to go with the mood of each scene.
One of the first scenes of Emma leaving home for a seasonal visit to her aunt's farm, above, shows a beautiful white dress, and of course, I immediately paused the movie to see what pattern looked the most like it...
... and did find some patterns, but unable to save them in my pictures at this time. This one is a lot like a current New Look Pattern 6341, and some of the necklines on the other ladies dresses in the film are easy to emulate from current commercial patterns.
Above: a dress for part of the journey to Charm,
Below, Emma's solid color (they were all solid colors) lemon yellow dress evokes contented happiness and familiarity:
...and this is the only screen shot I could find of Emma's aqua colored dress, despite the fact it was worn in quite a few segments of the film.
This tender scene of Noah holding a shell to Emma's ear, above, may remind you (if you have read this blog over the years) of the nineteenth century painting, "The Shell," by Elizabeth Gardener Bouguereau, seen below. I have posted it here a number of times. There just isn't anything quite like the first time someone hears the ocean in a seashell held to their ear!
The first thing I noticed in this film was the scenery that made me smile, and the second thing that caught my eye was Emma's clothing colors and styles.
After that, was the musical score, which was written and directed by composer, Jamie Christopherson. In fact, I watched the film again just to hear the music and see how it mirrored what was going on.
Like the colors of Emma's dresses setting the mood of the scene, the music for each segment defined the situation. From the scenic journey past the countryside seen through the train window, to the western round-em-up cattle western score,
each piece of music seemed perfectly fitting for the mood of the moment. I noticed whenever the character of Noah appeared in a scene it was piece with a deep, serious tone possibly (Noah's theme, I suppose) and the music that "went" with Emma suited her situation and personality.
This way of using music to define a character has been used in several classical films, including the ones based on Jane Austen's novels. Emma, in "Love Finds You in Charm," is a school teacher who often stays after school is dismissed, or sneaks away to a hiding place in the barn to read Pride and Prejudice, a practice she continues even when she stays with her aunt Lydia-Ann in Charm, Ohio.
"You should read this book," she urges, "It's about two people named Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. At first, they do not like each other."
Emma's own life story is playing itself out in similar ways to Pride and Prejudice, as she isn't particularly interested in Noah, who has already analyzed her and knows where she is headed. "I am only sharing this with you," he confides, when relating his own painful experience of looking for something somewhere else to find answers, "to spare you the pain and heartache of all those dead-ends and all that wasted wasted time looking for something that I found was right here in front of me all along."
Noah wins the wood-chopping contest, and earns money which he hopes to give to Emma by winning the auction for Emma's homemade cheese.
As I do not wish to give away the store, I won't divulge much else about the story. I will close by saying that I have read books and seen movies about people who break free of their perceived isolation, but there are not many stories that show a young lady who is straying into danger, turn around suddenly and return to being the person she is really supposed to be.
The story kept my attention, which is unusual, because there are some movies I am just not patient enough to sit still long enough to watch.
I realize not many of you may be really interested in the Amish, but this seems to be more of a background for the two characters, and the Amish life is not stressed as much as the realization that a lot of the things in the world that entice young people away from their homes and who they really are, are deceptive and will take advantage of their innocence, and not ever help them get anywhere in the kind of life from which to derive happiness.
I posted a place to order the book, here.
This movie is apparently not yet available on any streaming online movie site, and doesn't appear for sale as a DVD anywhere that I could see, I know there are some ladies who might want to own this video.
I would suggest that parents view this first, please! There may be some things you will object to, so be discerning. Like most books that have been put into movies, some things are changed. Parents know the strengths and weakness of their children and can decide what books and stories send the messages they need.
I believe this movie is appropriate for parents and for more mature, older children, and that the parent should tell the story aloud first, explaining the different aspects in the movie to provide them with the desired lesson. They need to know the difference between the desirable behavior and characters and the undesirable behavior and characters.
One example for this principle which I often use is the contrast between Cynthia and Molly in the video series "Wives and Daughters." Parents need to explain that one of the girls is shallow and thoughtless of others, while the other is loyal and considerate. The thoughtless Cynthia appears to be "fun-loving", but her foolishness gets her in more trouble and harms other people. Molly endures disappointments and loss but her honesty gets her a good reward in the end. I always explain this to young people to give them some guidelines. I have actually observed some young ladies admiring Cynthia because she was silly and irresponsible and got herself in "an embroilio"--a complicated life.
Reading the Old Testament record of the antics of foolish people in comparison to the wise ones, will also involve such explanations. I am sure you have heard the strange conclusions some immature people come up with when they don't understand these principles of right and wrong.
This is why I recommend parents tell the story aloud first, much like an announcer would introduce a classic play or explain the plot in a Masterpiece Theatre episode.
Please be sure to watch the behind-the-scenes video posted at the start of this article. While most worldly movies portray many of the same things that happen in this movie as normal, this movie shows a good contrast between right and wrong, good and bad. So when you see Emma trying on a few wacky looking clothing items, or getting reluctantly caught up in a false friendship, you also see that she soon decides what is the right thing to do.
If you like, go to Annalisa's site here, first, and read what she has to say about this story.
Be sure to watch the end of the film, which shows Emma's perfect happiness one year later.
Below: some of Emma's dresses were similar in style in the front to a 2015 pattern New Look 6341 There was also a variation of neckline styles that I have seen in current dress patterns.
While I am hoping to use this pattern, the back will have to be drawn across and new facings cut. Any time a pattern has a low back neckline, the garment does not stay on the shoulders very well. Look for a post coming up in the next few days of the teal dress I made which was inspired by one of Emma's costumes in this movie.