Based on Richard Paul Evan’s best-selling novel, “The Locket” tells how a troubled young man is inspired by an unlikely new friend to summon the faith and courage to fight for real love and a fulfilling life.
Michael Keddington (Chad Willett) finds himself at a crossroads after he has dropped out of college to care for his ailing mother. He yearns to return to college, but after his mother dies he’s faced with paying off debts incurred during her hospital treatment. Fortunately, he has the love and support of his girlfriend Faye (Marguerite Moreau), and gets a job at a health-care facility run by Helen Staples (Mary McDonnell). That’s where he meets Esther Huish (Vanessa Redgrave), a lonely and withdrawn older patient who slowly opens up to Michael.
Faye’s controlling father isn’t about to let his medical school-bound daughter continue her relationship with Michael, and conspires to end it. Michael’s life becomes even more difficult when a co-woker, Alice (Lori Heuring), falsely accuses him of a heinous crime. Through all this, Esther stands by Michael. She teaches him important lessons about faith, love and forgiveness, and implores him not to give up.
“The Locket” is filled with hurt, love, anger, forgiveness, kindness, and regret. I was captured by the screenplay and the acting. This is a wonderful film about many of life’s lessons as taught to Michael Keddington by a lonely old lady, Esther Huish. She shows Michael to follow his heart, not to be just “realistic” or “practical.” She shows him that he is hurting himself by harboring feelings of hate and anger towards his own father. While sometimes slow moving, this film captures the recipe for leading a wonderful and fulfilling life. This film is another reason why Hallmark Hall of Fame has been so successful over the years. They keep producing films that are entertaining yet free from graphic violence, sex and language. Vanessa Redgrave gives a wonderful performance and her fans will thoroughly enjoy her in the role of Esther Huish. “The Locket” is pure gold!