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Cast: Teyonah Parris, Brian White, Leon Robinson, Macy Gray
Belle is a beautiful young woman who never found a bright future because she was too busy running away from a heartbreaking past. But news of her mother passing away brings Belle back home to her family and the painful memories she tried to leave behind. Only when she finds the strength to confront her familyís shameful history, does Belle learn that forgiveness has the power to heal the scars of a broken childhood and unlock her heart to the possibility of love.
Belle lives in Georgia far away from her immediate family. One day at work her Aunt shows up to tell her she has to come home because her mom has passed away. Belle is very reluctant to go back because she has never gotten over her childhood. No child should have to grow up under the circumstances Belle did and going back means she will have to face the family secrets all over again. But going back is also a way to finally face the past and move on from it.
"Where Children Play" is a drama about a young lady who hasn't been able to move on from her horrid past she had to endure. Belle does not want to go back to see her deceased mom but what she finds out is even worse, her father is still alive but very sick and her Aunt forces her to stay and take care of him.
The film is full of drama but it also adds a bit of romance to the mix as well. I am not going to go into major plot details here but I will say the subject matter is not a pleasant one and parts of the movie, one in particular is very disturbing to watch. Still the story is about a young woman who faces the demons from the past in an effort to move on with her life.
The story is engaging enough to keep your interest the entire time and Belle is a damaged young lady that you easily feel for and hope the best for.
The cast did a great job playing their characters including, Teyonah Parris who is terrific as Belle, Brian White (TVís Scandal), Leon (And Then There Was You) and multi-platinum recording artist and actress Macy Gray (Brotherly Love). Credit must also go to Writer/Director, Leila Djansi. This is not Leila's first attempt at making a drama but it is her best, most mature film so far.
I enjoyed the film even with its subject matter, the performances alone are reason enough to check the film out but the film is also well written and wonderfully directed so if you like a good drama then I recommend checking it out.
Available now, you can order the DVD HERE.
Released by Image Entertainment
*** 3/4 Out Of *****