Friday, March 15, 2019

DVD Review: Jane and Emma

Jane and Emma, PG, 94 minutes
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy of the DVD, which did not affect my review in any way

Movie Synopsis: JANE & EMMA is based on the life of Sister Jane Manning, one of the first black Mormons. She returns to Nauvoo to find that Joseph Smith, her prophet and friend, has been assassinated. Jane spends a ceaseless night with his widow, Emma Smith, sitting watch over the body of the prophet as a whirlwind of loss and confusion leaves them wondering how either one of them will be able to move forward. Through the long night, Jane wonders if the prophet’s promise to extend the blessings of eternity to her has died along with him. The film explores the possible events of that night, including Jane’s endeavor to remain amongst the Mormon people and Emma’s struggle to cope with her heartbreaking loss. Poignant issues of racism and polygamy threaten to break their bond of friendship. In the end, will Jane and Emma have the courage to follow the path each believes they must take?

This film focuses on the night Joseph Smith's body was brought home to Emma. Jane Manning, a black Mormon, returns to find that Joseph has died and Emma is determined to keep him at home and protect his body. We learn more about the friendship between Joseph, Emma, and Jane through flashbacks.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this film. It's slow and dramatic, which works well for this type of movie. There was a lot that I hadn't really thought of before, and they didn't shy away from difficult topics. I wasn't familiar with Jane Manning at all, and I enjoyed getting to know her. There's an insert that has excerpts from her autobiography which was interesting to read.

This is a movie I would watch again and one that I would recommend to others!

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sherry fundin said...

thanks for sharing.
sherry @ fundinmental

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