i have no idea how many people have watched such an inspiring film called ‘grace of my heart.’ i first saw this film on hbo a few years ago. the story is about an aspiring artist denise waverly who has a dream that one day she’ll be a great singer, but she is not a beautiful girl nor has distinctive voice which seems to be a requirement for music industry. however she can compose her own materials, and the record label wants her songs for their singers to sing, so she instead ends up writing & producing songs for others. in the film, we’ll see her life through good & bad, ups and downs, and the incidents that inspire her to write songs. her story is very touching, compelling, and so moving. all the songs in it are also incredibly good.

written & directed by allison anders, accompanied by an excellent cast illeana douglas (if you’ve seen the film picture perfect or stir of echoes, you might remember her) in this film she amazingly portrays the role of denise waverly, especially in the scene where she’s in the studio performing her sensational tune titled ‘god give me strength.’ it’s just so emotional, so captivating with indescribable feelings.

the moment i finished watching its end-credit, i logged on to internet and ordered both dvd and cd soundtrack instantly. this film is deserved to be seen as much as possible! it’s kind of a good film that most people never heard of… unfortunately, the song ‘god give me strength’ in the soundtrack is another version performed by burt bacharach & elvis costello who brilliantly wrote that song in the first place.

after googling for a second, i finally found that the version featuring in the film is not the voice of illeana douglas. then i found the right one… voilà, god give me strength performed by kirsten vigard, for your listening pleasure. also don’t forget check youtube for the amazing clip.

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god give me strength ~lyrics off ▼

★★★★★ acting
★★★★★ actors/casting
★★★★☆ story
★★★★★ music/sound effect
★★★★☆ direction/composition
★★★★½ overall

movie: grace of my heart | director: allison anders | release: 1996

2007.03.31