When Ester’s husband dies, she discovers that their estate is not as wealthy as she thought it was. All she is left with after the debts are paid is a small house that’s being rented out to a foster family, so she sets out with the hopes of kicking them out, but what she finds instead gives her a whole new perspective on life. Though she began trying to get rid of them, Ester soon discovers how she can help them and puts her mind to doing just that, if they will have her.
Production Quality (2.5 points)
Affirm Films have always been faithful in their production quality, no matter the time period. The Lost and Found Family is no exception. Video quality, camera work, and audio quality reflect this professionalism, even if the soundtrack leaves something to be desired. Though sets, locations, and props are slightly limited, they are utilized well and are realistic. The main issues to point out here are some typical problems with editing, such as abrupt cuts and transitions. It seems like some content was cut out in post-production that causes there to be odd stops and starts. But in the end, this is a high-quality production that should be a mainstay in Christian film.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
As previously mentioned, this plot seems like it was originally longer, because the final draft is slightly rushed. Regardless of this, the plot progression is too predictable and includes of a lot of stereotypical rural plot elements. Though the characters are believable and authentic due to their dialogue and although their struggles are realistic and accessible, The Lost and Found Family is still based on the stereotypical premise of a save-the-house-from-the-evil-businessman story using a historical discovery to do so. The beginning of the story is creative and interesting, but it ends up a very typical plot and fixes too many conflicts in unrealistic ways by the time it’s over. This story and its characters had so much potential, but it needed more twists and turns in order to work. It might have been better to make this a two-part story, but funding was obviously a constraint in doing this. In the end, it’s unfortunate that more couldn’t have come from this movie.
Acting Quality (2.5 points)
Affirm has also built their reputation on professional casting and acting coaching, and this film is no exception. Each character is cast very well. Emotions are very effective throughout and line delivery is on point. The only nitpick to raise here are some slightly over-practiced performances, but this is only a small issue. In the end, this is a professional film that many will enjoy.
Truly character-based plots like this one are hard to come by, so it’s refreshing to see one, even if the premise and plot progression are very formulaic and predictable. A longer format would help this sort of story greatly because it would give more room for character exploration and would lend opportunity for more twists and turns. Yet as it is, The Lost and Found Family will be enjoyed by many audiences, so it’s likely worth your time.
Final Rating: 6 out of 10 points