Today I want to introduce you to the faith-based movie Trust Fund from Mapelle Films. Our family is always on the lookout for wonderful family films, so I was really excited for our family to review this family drama. I also received a copy of Love Was Near, a book written to be read after watching the movie. This is a perfect movie for a family movie night.
The story tells the tale of Reese Donahue, a young aspiring writer, and the struggles and adventures she has. Jessica Rothe plays the role of Reese and does an incredible job. Reese is the youngest daughter of parents who own a publishing company. Reese has her father, Grayson and her older sister Audrey. Reese is surrounded by people who love her and only want the best for her. However, she becomes involved with a man named Milo, who is not good for her. She is unable to recognize this fact, unfortunately.
Reese is one of those people who is struggling to find her place in the world. Her father has his publishing company, and her sister has a job at the publishing firm along with a fiance she apparently loves. When the movie opens, Reese has just returned from a trip to Italy for a writing conference her father encouraged her to attend. Unfortunately, while in Italy, Reese becomes involved with a man named Milo she thinks is the love of her life. She spent more time with him and very little time attending the conference that her father meant to help her with the book she was supposed to be completing.
The movie chronicles Reese’s involvement with Milo, her family, a former male friend from her childhood,her publisher from another publishing house, her girlfriend she shares an apartment with along with her father’s secretary and other characters. It demonstrates the strength of a father’s love and how facing life’s difficulties with people who love you and forgive unconditionally brings resolution. The movie is a spin on the story of the Prodigal Son told in the Bible.
Issac Alongi produced and was the cinematographer for the film, and was homeschooled himself back in the 1980’s. He has over 20 years experience in the film industry. I always love seeing or reading things created by former or current homeschoolers. The sets and scenery in the movie were incredible. Here is an excellent article you can read about Issac Alongi.
Sandra L Martin is the writer, director, and producer for the film. She also wrote the book Love Was Near to be read after watching the movie. It is meant for those over twelve years old. The book offers a more in-depth view of what Reese was feeling and thinking. It seems to be a way help Reese move forward in her life. I felt the script of the movie was well-executed.
I chose to read the book for the purposes of this review. The book is written in journal form. I found the book to be captivating. It was easy to read. The book contains portions of text, pictures, quotes, and portions that were done as though they were handwritten in a journal. Each chapter concludes with questions to be answered. I loved the fonts used and the attention to detail in the book.
Here are some pictures I took of pages in the book.
In addition to the film and the book, a study guide is available from the site to be downloaded for use in small groups. You can view the study guide here. The study guide includes information about the characters in the movie, Bible verses, questions to think about, and sections called “Deep Thoughts”. These deep thoughts include information about Christianity, comparisons of Reese and the younger brother in the story of the Prodigal Son and more. There are also photos from the movie. I found the study guide to be a worthwhile addition to the film and book.
Here are some screenshots I took of some pages from the study guide.