Inspired by true events
Loggerheads tells the story of an adoption ?triad??birth mother, child, and adoptive parents?each in three interwoven stories in the days leading up to Mother?s Day weekend, and each in one of the three distinctive geographical regions of North Carolina?mountains, Piedmont and coastal plain.
In Asheville, Grace (Bonnie Hunt), an airport car-rental agent living with her mother (Michael Learned), quits her job and embarks on a long-delayed quest: facing the legal barriers that keep her from finding the son she gave up for adoption when she was a teenager.
Across the state in Kure Beach, Mark (Kip Pardue), a young man obsessed with saving loggerhead sea turtles, meets George (Michael Kelly), a friendly motel owner with some secrets of his own, who offers him a place to stay.
In the center of the state is the small town of Eden, where a minister's wife (Tess Harper) struggles to confront her conservative husband (Chris Sarandon) over their estrangement from their son.
Shot on location in director Tim Kirkman's home state of North Carolina, LOGGERHEADS is a moving, meditative exploration of love and family, told through three interconnected tales. Mark (Kip Pardue, GLAMORAMA) is a young drifter who has come to Kure Beach to help save the loggerhead turtles with which he has always been obsessed. Estranged from his adoptive parents, whose fundamentalism led them to reject him when they found out he was gay, Mark begins a healing relationship with a kind hotel manager, George (Michael Kelly). Meanwhile, Mark's adoptive mother, Elizabeth (Tess Harper), struggles with her loss, attempting to reconcile her allegiance to her minister husband (Chris Sarandon) with her persistent love for her son. The quiet rebellion that grows in her is superbly and subtly acted, as she forms an alliance with a free-spirited elderly neighbor, Ruth (Ann Pierce).
Finally, Mark's real mother, Grace (Bonnie Hunt, CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN), has returned home to live with her mother (Michael Learned), still haunted by the child she was forced to give up at 17. While she struggles to find him against the wishes of the adoption agency, she navigates the old wounds that characterize her relationship with her own mother. LOGGERHEADS refreshes with its slow pacing, lack of sensationalism, and portrayal of realistic characters with very real problems. Their search for meaning and joy amidst life's mundanities is a quiet wonder, as is the beautiful location photography.
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