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From the creators of the highly acclaimed motion picture "King's Faith" comes Wildflower, a powerful film that reveals how hope can be found even in your darkest moments. Creatively gifted college student Chloe Moray (Nathalia Ramos, House of Anubis) finds solace from a difficult childhood in her art. But when a terrifying dream begins to recur night after night, Chloe starts to believe that it might be a suppressed memory and that she may have witnessed a terrible crime as a little girl.

Her search to find answers sends her on a journey that forces Chloe to confront her own past traumas and leads her to cross paths with Josh (Cody Longo, Not Today), a young man dealing with his own personal trauma. Together they find the key to unlocking a decade-old cold case. But when the authorities don't believe them, Chloe's new-found hope is challenged in this extraordinary story of faith, triumph and healing.

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Chloe is an art student trying to make a way in life on her own. She is trying to pull away from her mother who she feels is a bit over the top in her affection to make up for past indiscretions, however there is a wedge between mother and daughter that makes relationship awkward. Chloe narrates the story that is told of both herself and a young man, Josh, who find each other, not in the romantic sense, but in the sense that they can help each other to deal with their own issues.

Josh's back story is filled in fairly quickly as he is grieving for his girlfriend who got ill and died while they were on an overseas mission trip. This has caused Josh to partially lose his faith in God. His brother, a local pastor, is trying to get Josh back into church and asks Josh to refurbish the pews in the church, to which he reluctantly agrees.

Chloe has bad dreams and visions, particularly of a truck chasing her, but then of something else, a struggle between a man and a woman on a local bridge. She confides these things in a friend, it would seem a best friend. One evening she is working on an art project for college when she has a nightmare vision of this same altercation on a bridge, in her frenzy she wrecks her own artwork as well as much of the room and stumbles from the building where she ends up in the middle of the road and is narrowly avoided by Josh in his 4x4. After the incident she is questioned by the police and soon it is discovered that her best friend is a lady who worked in a local diner and disappeared over 12 years ago when Chloe was just 8 years old. Could it be that somehow Chloe witnessed what happened to Rebecca or is she actually going mad? The only person who believes her is Josh but is that just because of his personal grief?

There is a lot to enjoy about this film and the way that the director has gone about creating a believable tale. Initially in the beginning trying to put things together and seeing how things are working it can take a little bit to piece together the backstory of the main two characters. The narrative from Chloe obviously helps us to know what is going on. Some of the dream sequences are nicely thrilling and it's good to see that a "Christian" film can have those moments that make you jump from slight fright or shock. The use of music for the key moments was good, but there were some times in the film where it felt like there perhaps could have been a bit more background music to help carry some of the scenes.

The lead actors were very good. Largely they were believable although a couple of times, mainly towards the end after the key points of the story had been tied up, the scenes didn't flow. However I think at this point it was less the acting and a bit of clunky script work trying to get a point across between the characters, particularly between Chloe and her Mum trying to move forwards after some of the revelations from the film.

Wildflower is about entertainment with a message rather than a message with entertainment. There is a story to tell here about hope, love and acceptance with an angle of mental health and despair. I would say that this is a film that should be watchable by anyone whether they have a faith or none, so please don't let the fact that this is a "Christian" release put you off. In fact there is enough story, good acting and suspense - as well as a mystery to pull you in. Unlike a good detective film both my wife and I had our likely suspect for the investigation very early and we were proved right, so possibly some twists could have been included, but it wasn't really the centre of the film.

There are films like War Room which we recently reviewed which have a message for the Christian community about love, life, marriage and spirituality. These are out-and-out Christian films with a direct message to give, where the story is all about the message - and these are great because they are challenging to the viewer and can help to inspire a deeper faith. I hope though that there is room in the Christian marketplace for films like WildFlower too.

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