Stars: 4.5 / 5
Candles on Bay Street is a Hallmark Hall of Fame Television movie released in November of 2006. The plot revolves around Dee Dee, Sam, Lydia, Trooper and the small town Dee Dee comes back to. I came across a book with the same name and similar plot by K. C. McKinnon but I could not find any reference that this movie was based on that book. I have to read that book to confirm and perhaps it will become a future post on my blog. For now, here is the trailer for the movie in question.
Dee Dee (portrayed by Alicia Silverstone) returns to her home-town after a long absence along with her son Trooper (portrayed by Matthew Knight). She re-unites with her old high school flame Sam (portrayed by Eion Bailey). However, Sam is now married to Lydia (portrayed by Annabeth Gish), who together run the local vet clinic. Sam, Lydia and the locals welcome Dee Dee and her son Trooper with full arms and heart-filled love. Even Lydia accepts Dee Dee and Trooper in their lives even though she knows the past between Sam and Dee Dee. She gets settled comfortably in the town making candles for a living, although Trooper doubts that they would be leaving again.
All seems going well and fine. So, what’s so heart-wrenching about it? Dee Dee is diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and is dying. And she is looking for someone who can take care of Trooper after she is gone. That is why she is back. Watch the movie to see how the town, Sam and Lydia come together to stand by Dee Dee in her time of need and give her the gift she was looking for.
Having seen Alicia in more peppier roles, it was a surprise to see her in a down-to-earth mother role. I must say she had pulled it off. The story plot is very simple with small words, yet deliver such profound meaning. For instance, right before Dee Dee reveals her intention of coming back, she says, "Cancer. I am dying, Sam." all the while working and arranging her candles. The single line that she delivers looks so casual but haunts you even after the movie is done and gone. Then Lydia's, "This is yours. Do you like it?" speaks volumes about her character, heart and the goodness within her. And when Sam promises Dee Dee "Anything. Anything you want" reveals how far he can go for friendship and for the one he had once loved.
Above all the community. All of them come together to make Dee Dee welcome, feel at home and also accept including her son with no conditions. One song in the movie always comes to my mind whenever I think about this movie, titled, "You've Got a Friend" nails the movie perfectly.
A perfect made-to-TV movie that does not bore you, instead glues you to your couch with a box of tissues or a hanky and leaving you in the end with hope and togetherness.