Color of Love: Jaceys Story
Gena Rowlands plays Georgia Porter, a genteel, seemingly content southern widow whose life is forever changed when her estranged daughter and the daughter’s husband die in an auto accident on the west coast – leaving behind their 6-year-old daughter, Jacey (Penny Bae Bridges). Shocked by her daughter’s death and her daughter’s familial status, Georgia finds herself unprepared for the reality that her newfound grandchild is black. Despite her biases, which she attempts to conceal, Georgia brings Jacey home with her and makes many awkward attempts to comfort and acquaint herself with the frightened child.
Louis Gossett Jr. portrays Jacey’s doting paternal grandfather, Lou, who causes the little girl’s spirits to improve when he shows up at Georgia’s doorstep with documentation giving him the right to raise her back in California.
When, for the good of Jacey, circumstances lead Georgia to take Lou temporarily into her home, Georgia butts heads with her disapproving, socialite sister-in-law. Soon Georgia begins to challenge her old notions – and learn who her true friends are. Meanwhile, the friction between Lou and Georgia slowly begins to dissolve as the two gain respect and deeper understanding of each other – and realize that Jacey needs them both. First airs on CBS 3/19/00 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).
This is a very sensitive, poignant tale of how we conquer prejudice by getting to know one another. Well-written, never preachy, and with moving performances by its stars, I found this to be a true delight. The film also shows a reverence for God, with the lead characters praying and attending church.