“I Am Sam”

If I were to pick movies that had a profound influence on me, I would add I Am Sam (2001) to The Family Man (2000), Forrest Gump (1994) and the famous Hong Kong mini-series Return of the Condor Heroes (1983) starring Andy Lau .  Sean Penn, as always, executed a powerful performance in Sam.  But, Dakota Fanning stole my heart.  Can a little girl’s eyes be any bigger?  If Fanning doesn’t inspire paternal instincts, no child can.  Watching the storyline made me long for parenthood.  And, I am absolutely crazy to think of that at this point in my life, yet I still do.  Life takes on a new meaning.  It was apparent in Gump and in Family Man — and it is apparent in Sam.  Beautiful movie.

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