The Color of Rain
Network: Hallmark Movie Channel
Original Air Date: May 31, 2014
Network: Hallmark Channel
Original Air Date: August 23, 2014
*This Hallmark TV Movie is based on the New York Times bestseller, "The Color of Rain" by Michael and Gina Spehn.
Lacey Chabert ... Gina Kell
Warren Christie ... Michael Spehn
Alex Zahara ... Pastor Karl
Lisa Durupt ... Colleen
Sean Michael Kyer ... Sam
Seth Isaac Johnson ... Drew
Alison Thornton ... Charlotte
Logan Williams ... Jack
Callum Airlie ... Danny
via Hallmark Press Release:
After cancer claims Matt Kell's life on Christmas Day 2005, his widow, Gina (Chabert) and two young boys are left to cope with the pain of his loss while their close church community gathers around them for support. Wanting to be close to her kids, Gina starts to volunteer at their elementary school and meets the Spehn children, Jack, Danny and Charlotte. In a gut-wrenching coincidence, just weeks after Matt's death, the Spehn's mom, Cathy, also suddenly succumbs to cancer, leaving her distraught husband, Michael (Christie), to care for their three kids on his own. Sensing the hopelessness in Michael she so recently saw in herself, Gina reaches out to Michael and his kids and the two families begin to forge an unlikely friendship and close bond.
Over the year that follows, their lives become intertwined as they learn to lean on each other - during the at-times insurmountable obstacles, tears and adversity - and begin to heal with laughter, compassion and faith. As Gina and Michael realize their newfound friendship is so much more, they struggle against some surprising resistance from their families and community to unite their two grieving families as one and eventually learn to open their hearts to love again.
Like lightning striking twice, "The Color of Rain" is a powerful story of loss, life, and finding love again.
When Michael Spehn and Gina Kell lose their spouses weeks apart, it's as if a dark cloud has come over them, until they find the comfort they seek, in their children and in their new friendship. Although Michael and Gina don't know each other well, at first, they do know exactly how the other feels. As they share their grief, the children also enjoy being together, and it seems they easily become like family.
Gina helps Michael with common Motherly tasks: such as cooking and laundry, and Michael helps Gina's sons build bunk beds.
The future ahead appears to be bright and sunny as all seems to be going along fine for the Spehn and Kell family until friends and family start to question their friendship/relationship being too much too soon.
As Christmas approaches, they both feel pressured to cool their relationship, so they decide to spend the Holidays apart. The Spehn family goes away at Christmas, however they have a change of heart, and decide to return home, at the last minute, for the Christmas Pageant.
In the end, will Michael and Gina, both decide to follow their own hearts?
Along the way, Gina had been looking for a sign and Michael reminds her of the double rainbow they saw together - the promise of a colorful life ahead.
"The Color of Rain" is a beautiful story of finding hope through the storms of life.
See or Skip:
See. It's a lovely movie.
(Please note: This story does involve the death of a spouse and parent, so it may not be suitable for young viewers.)
|Warren Christie and Lacey Chabert|
*The small images of Warren Christie and Lacey Chabert (above) are via their Hallmark Channel Movies: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and Elevator Girl.
*"The Color of Rain" is a LaCanada/Lighthouse Pictures Production.