The Cider House Rules (1999)

Filed under : drama, historical

“A story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong.”

- The Cider House Rules

Recently, I stumbled upon this film based on the book. And, I must say – it made for a very delightful and heartwarming period piece.

Being that I’m a history buff and enjoy watching period pieces from time to time, this movie really hit the spot – it had a lot of heart. And, in addition – a lot of famous actors and actresses. So, what exactly is the film about?

As the quote above says, it’s really about finding your place in the world and defining who you are as a person. The main character, Homer Wells (played by Tobey Maguire), was born into a life that was chosen for him by Dr. Wilbur Larch (played by Michael Caine).

Though as Homer grew older, he soon realized this was not the life he wanted. Homer wanted to see the world and create his own destiny, not live a life someone else chose for him. There was so much Homer wanted to see and do – leaving his past life to embark on his own journey was what he thought was best. And, so he did.

Along the way, he met many people who taught him new things and showed him a different kind of life – one that involved freedom. Though, he soon found out that with freedom came consequences. He began to see the truth about the world and quickly learned that sometimes the truth can hurt. And, hurt it did.

Despite the hurt and the pain he went through, Homer also experienced other feelings that he had never felt before – the feeling of love. And, this feeling was like no other – so strong that it gave him purpose in life and a will to live.

But as the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” And, in the story – many things did for him. Homer’s new life soon became one filled with experiences and memories of the past and he soon learned a valuable lesson – nothing lasts forever. 

There will be times when he cannot get what he wants and factors are beyond his control. So, he had to learn how to deal with it. And, so he learned this is what life is all about – it has its ups and it has its downs.

Through his life experiences and lessons learned, Homer soon found his way back to his old life. But, this time – he saw this life through different eyes. And in doing so, he found joy and purpose again.

This is a film many can relate – it’s about finding your place in the world and truly knowing who you are. So many times we get lost because of what others want for us that we forget what we want for ourselves. In a sense, we forget who we are.

Instead of living through others’ dreams and life experiences, we must create our own in order to know who we are. Otherwise, we will lose our identity in the process.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie – it’s definitely one that makes us think about our own lives and how we live it – life is truly what we make of it. And, these types of films will always be a plus in my book.

If you’re in the mood for a drama type of film with a lot of heart, I do recommend this one.

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Happy movie watching!

(Note: For those who read the book, I’d be interested in hearing how it compares to the movie. Thanks for reading!)

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