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A girl’s search for family unity

Trinity Goodheart

DIRECTOR: Joanne Hock

CAST: Erica Gluck, Eric Benet, James Hong and Mark La Mura

CLASSIFICATION: AA

RUNNING TIME: 80 minutes

RATING: ***

AFTER you get over the “magical” bits of this story and the presence of singer Eric Benet, ladies, you will actually enjoy the simplicity of Trinity Goodheart. Although it is made with kids in mind, the story has a deeper embedded meaning that even adults can take away.

We get introduced to 12-year-old Trinity (Gluck) who is wise beyond her years.

She is the only daughter of musician Jeremy (Benet) who has cut ties with both his and his spouse’s parents. A curious Trinity asks her dad why they are not in touch with her grandparents. He evades her question but the story is told in a way that leaves even the viewer curious. It emerges that there is bad blood between Trinity’s paternal and maternal grandparents.

An unlikely event sets Trinity on a quest for serious answers and if she gets it right then the family will get together again.

Kudos to the director for casting little-known Gluck as she is certainly a future Academy Award contender. She captures the personality in ways that make her familiar even though you have never met her.

Her innocence draws you so that you want to help her get the answers to her questions. She has maturity that is beyond her age.

Eric Benet did a good job in portraying a father figure. Being a dad himself it must have helped considerably.

The only problem with his character is that, like Jeremy, Benet is a musician.

Jeremy is portrayed as a street singer and we don’t get to see him perform, which is good as he spends more time acting.

Being a Christian film, a lot of effort was put into avoiding being preachy, and it worked.

So you will not feel like you are in another Tyler Perry flick.

If you liked… Precious, Antwone Fisher and The Colour Purple… you will like this.

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