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Consider the Lilies

USA 2023
produced by
Kendall M. Gray, Vicki Myers, Ricky Burchell for Ricky Burchell Studios
directed by Ricky Burchell
starring Layla Cushman, Ricky Burchell, Aerial Nicole, Kiana Vazquez, Hannah Brake, Chanelle de Lau, Frederick Barr, Krishna Sistla Ward, Philip White, Hilary Williams, Charlotte Myhre Shealy, Luke Collins, Christian Emanuel, Brooks Ryan, Jill Holder, Ginh Wood, Leonard Freeny, Marcus Lucas II, Belinda Arender, Jane Marie Frank, Lauren Dickson
written by Ricky Burchell

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Diana's (Layla Cushman) life can be considered a success story, she owns a successful upscale bakery, her husband Michael (Ricky Burchell) is a successful lawyer, and she has a teenage daughter she loves, Kelsey (Kiana Vazquez) - and then the walls start to cave in on her when she learns that her mother Patricia (Krishna Sistla Ward) has had a car accident and is in critical condition. It's not that she has been especially close to her mother of late, in fact they haven't talked in almost two decades, ever since she confessed being pregnant with Kelsey to Patricia and ran away from home with Michael due to her mum's horrible reaction - and it's only now that Diana finds out there's so much she still wanted to say to her (presently unresponsive) mother. And while Diana's suffering, Michael seems to be constantly absent, and it eventually becomes clear he's having an affair. And then Kelsey elopes with her boyfriend (Christian Emanuel), and when trying to understand why Diana has to realize just how much she has become exactly like her mother ...

 

Apart from the ending that seems to throw a faith angle into the mix out of essentially nowhere, this is a very touching drama, touching not because of overblown feelings but because it feels very real, with all the characters coming across as relatable because of their fallability - and of course due to some very solid acting. And a subtle directorial effort that lets the story flow rather freely only hel make this a pretty good watch for sure.

 

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