n African Journal of Psychiatry - Then She Found Me, directed by Helen Hunt : movie review

Volume 12, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Based on the novel written by Elinor Lipman, Then She Found Me tells the story of a Kindergarten teacher named April Epner (played by Helen Hunt) and everything in her life that changes within a very short space of time. Her husband Ben (played by Matthew Broderick) tells her one evening that he wants a divorce. The couple struggled to have children, and Ben is no longer prepared to stay in the marriage. Soon after this April's adoptive mother dies. April meets, and falls in love with a book-cover illustrator named Frank (played by Collin Firth). Frank's children are attending the Kindergarten where April teaches. Then April's biological mother, Bernice Graves (played by Bette Midler) makes contact with her for the first time ever via Bernice's gay assistant, the isolated and professionally-absorbed Alan (played by John Benjamin Hickey). Bernice is a successful television star who has her own talk-show. She tries very hard to be part of April's life, although mostly with negative consequences.

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