The Confession
by Phil Boatwright

Coming to DVD June 11th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Affirm Films/Provident Films, The Confession stars Katie Leclerc (TV’s Switched at Birth), Sherry Stringfield (TVs’ ER, 1995-1997) and is directed by Michael Landon Jr. (The Shunning, Love Comes Softly).

FILM SYNOPSIS: Based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis, The Confession is the continuing story of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman who goes on a journey in search of her identity - only to find herself embroiled in a mystery that must be solved before she can be reunited with the "Englisher" mother who gave her up to adoption 20 years earlier.

Wanting to find her birth-mother, Katie discovers that the woman is a rich landowner, not that that means anything to Katie. She just wants get to know her real mother. But before Katie can announce who she is, she is confronted by another young woman dressed in Amish garb and claiming to be – Katie. It seems the mother’s dastardly husband has an actress playing the role of the long-lost daughter in order that he can regain control of the family fortune rather than allow his dying wife to give his controlling interest away. But Katie can’t tell her mom, because the matriarch is sick, and the shock of such treachery might hasten her demise. Does any of this sound like a plotline from one of those 1980s Dallas/Knots Landing/Dynasty melodramatic serials? Oh, believe me, all that’s missing is J.R. Ewing.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Like his dad before him, Michael Landon Jr. has a definitive storytelling style. Though the younger Landon is generally hampered by a limited budget, and the Amish novels from which the main character came have become a cottage industry aimed at Harlequin-loving audiences, still there’s a charm about this production. One might call it a sophisticated banality, as it inspires but never threatens. We know from scene one that everything is going to work out, and that the evildoers, unlike those in Washington D.C. and on Wall Street, will get their just desserts.

We are so often pummeled by crudity and sexual exploitation on cable TV that it’s remarkably satisfying to find an inspiring film where right triumphs over wrong, and elements of the human makeup other than greed and lust find their way into a story.

Director Landon Jr. is a Christian and delights in bringing gentle tales to the small screen. Proficient and prolific, he has been successful in delivering homespun optimism to his followers. (My fav of his productions: The Last Sin Eater)

With The Confession, the midsection of a TV trilogy, Mr. Landon also delivers.

Not rated, I found nothing objectionable. Suitable for teens on up.