Have you ever felt alone? Without hope? Have you wondered what it would be like to step toward someone, speak your truth and set your spirit free from the darkness that currently envelops you? I’d like to introduce you to Wildflower presented by Faith Street Film Partners II and Provident Label group in association with Cave Pictures and Hopefield Media. Chloe is a talented student who deals with nightmares and secrets that she tries to forget. Josh is a heart-broken missionary angry with God after the death of his girlfriend? (their relationship is never made clear). When Chloe enters into a catatonic state and ends up on a bridge her and Josh cross paths. The main story is Chloe remembering a crime she witnessed 10 years before. Parallel is Josh’s story of losing his love on a mission trip which resulted in a split with God.
When I agreed to review this DVD I knew it had something to do with trauma, including the trauma of sexual abuse. I planned on watching the DVD by myself — I was surprised to find the husband curling up next to me. We were both impressed how the writers portrayed what a survivor of trauma endures when their memories come back. The confusion. The well-meaning people who don’t believe their story. The horror of realizing that reality is not as it seems.
The issue of sexual abuse is mentioned half-way through the movie and it’s tastefully introduced. Chloe starts talking about her secret. Of her mom’s boyfriends. And although she never mentions what happened, the scene says everything she needs to say. This was, for the both of us, a very emotional and personal scene. The way Josh responded to Chloe. The way he held her. The way he broke through her wall and let her know she was not alone. That is the way someone supports a survivor. I looked at the husband and said, “He just changed her life.” Like the husband did mine. The day he realized that my behavior had a basis. That he only needed to believe my story. And he reached to me and made me feel safe.
I like that the story of faith is secondary. Often times faith-based movies end up feeling like a fairy tale. This movie is very realistic. Some of the side story line is a little bit unbelievable, like her best friend. But the heart of the message, that trauma is best healed by bringing secrets to the light, is believable.
I did appreciate the final scene between Chloe and her mother. It addresses the issue of how fast people believe a survivor should overcome the trauma. It’s a journey, it takes time — and that’s ok.
I would not recommend this movie for anyone under the age of 13…maybe closer to 16. I do recommend it for those who are in the midst of surviving from trauma. There are triggers regarding sexual abuse, domestic abuse, murder and death but the movie could open a conversation between you and a loved one.
WILDFLOWER will be available on DVD and VOD April 5th, 2016 and airing on Lifetime Movie Network in June.
About the Movie
Creatively gifted, college student Chloe Moray finds solace from a difficult childhood in her extraordinary art. But when an alarming dream begins to recur nightly, Chloe starts to believe that it might be a suppressed memory and that she may have witnessed a terrible crime as a little girl. Her search for peace takes her on a journey that forces Chloe to confront her past traumas and leads her to cross paths with Josh, a young man dealing with his own painful loss. Together they find in each other someone they can trust as they seek to unlock a cold-case mystery from years before. But with the authorities blocking the way, Chloe’s new-found hope is challenged in this powerful story of faith, triumph and healing.
If you’ve ever struggled in the aftermath of a difficult situation; if you’ve ever wondered if someone (anyone) will listen to you; if you’ve ever wished there was a safe place you could go, WILDFLOWER is a powerful reminder that hope can be found even in your darkest moments.
WILDFLOWER stars Nathalia Ramos (House of Anubis), Cody Longo (Not Today), Shari Rigby (October Baby), Benjamin Ashbrook (World’s Greenest Cities), and Kevin McCorkle (Cold Case). Writer and director Nicholas DiBella also wrote and directed KING’S FAITH. Learn more about our talented cast here.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this DVD free for review through Icon Media Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”