Trying to put her life back together after the death of her husband, Libby and her children move to her estranged Aunt’s goat farm in central Texas.
In my own family’s story, there’s one thing that has been true for generations: Aunts change lives. The role that Nora Dunn plays in The Lost Husband is a force in our hero’s life that reminds me of many pivotal relationships in my family’s story. Writer Vicky Wight (Boy Genius) has created a romance that’s stitched together with a painful but redeeming story of an Aunt’s unfailing love.
The Lost Husband is a beautifully filmed and gentle love story between a young widow and a loyal, lonely farm manager. But mostly it’s a story about a woman who is able to resolve the story of her childhood, and fully understand the meaning of sacrificial love, but through the truth of her aunt’s love.
Libby must endure the tragic loss of her husband and travel back through the difficult relationship with her selfish mother, which takes her to some buried memories that need to be brought forth. As she faces the struggle of living on her aunt’s goat farm, she also faces the vulnerability that opens up her past, and makes a new way for a more authentic future.
Performances by Leslie Bibb, Josh Duhamel and Nora Dunn, bring this story to life with great chemistry. In the end, we want to watch it again, because it’s a movie that makes us feel a sweet peacefulness … and a fresh sense that redemption comes in all different flavors.
Due to some suggestive references, we are awarding this film Dove-approval for Ages 12+.
The Dove Take:
This love story brings us to deep places, but lets us relax in the sweet ending of a new beginning.