Backroads and Lilies
All Alza Bennett wants is to get home to her estranged family for the Easter holiday, but an auto mishap leaves the high strung executive more than 700 miles short of her destination and standing on the doorstep of a grizzled, reclusive farmer named Lincoln, whose goal in life is to be left alone. After a deal is struck the mismatched pair sets out on a three day odyssey of misadventure along the highways and byways of America where they encounter rat infested hotels, convenience store hold ups, rural rabbit stalkers and a star struck couple from a local trailer park. Best of all, they are forced to encounter each other as the two worlds of the princess and hermit collide at each and every turn. A humorous retelling of The Story of The Prodigal Son, told through the eyes of a young woman looking to make amends while she searches for the road back home.
This is a terrific movie about the discoveries one makes while on the journey of life. This one is funny and still manages to make some dramatic points.
Anyone who has ever had “one of those days” will relate to this film. Alza Bennett is planning on getting home for Easter to see her family. Home is Bristoll, North Carolina. However, car problems and an inept call center lady at Tri-State Auto fouls everything up for Alza and she finally lets her know her membership has expired and those who could help her have left for the Easter weekend. On top of that Alza’s cell phone goes dead and she winds up walking to find help. The “help” takes the form of Lincoln James, a hermit-type farmer who has basically cut himself off from society. Alza talks him into taking her on the long trip to see her family with the promise of a thousand dollars and all expenses covered. Her attempts at phone calls don’t pan out due to service issues so the problems just keep mounting for her. Christina Karis as Alza and Jefferson Moore as Lincoln are terrific in their roles, an odd couple as she is an energetic non-stop talker and it’s like pulling teeth to get a few words out of him.
Along the journey the humor continues with a bum eating a chocolate rabbit that Alza had stored in the back of Lincoln’s truck for her niece and nephew, Alza closing the tail gate on Lincoln’s hand and then smacking him with the truck door when he is bent over near it. A bump in the road while Lincoln is driving also leads to lip stick on Alza’s cheek! Yet the dramatic elements are powerful as the viewer learns about Alza’s estrangement from her family. Lincoln begins to look out for Alza, even returning to pick her up after she makes him angry and he leaves her in town with her suit case.
We learn that Lincoln used to be “bad” and do bad things according to him, until he read the Bible through twice and had an encounter with God. Alza’s family raised her in church and she and Lincoln find themselves in church on Easter morning. This film is very well directed. I won’t give the ending away but this is a powerful story about God bringing two people together to, if they don’t kill each other first, bring out the best in one another! This one has earned five Doves from us, our best rating. Don’t miss this one. It’s family friendly all the way!