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Over a century ago, author Louisa May Alcott drafted the sisterhood jewel Little Women. Five years ago, this timeless tale re-captured the interest of film producer Denise Di Novi, who'd marveled over the classic as a child. Lending her passion and creative direction to the project, Di Novi succeeded in portraying this charming story of a Civil War family growing up in an era unfamiliar to today's media savvy, high-tech teens.

Sharing both laughter and tears, the March sisters (Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy) engage viewers with a five-year chronicle of their modest lives in New England. A father at war. A mother left to care for her girls. A story of love, courage and the priceless gift of family.

Invaluable lessons unfold, as do these richly layered characters. Jo (Winona Ryder) exhibits a refreshing exuberance and freedom. Her gumption enables her to conquer obstacles that would defeat others. A deep faith and genuine contentment provide Beth (Claire Danes) with an inner peace in spite of dire circumstances. Meg (Trini Alvarado) resolves that true love takes precedence over status when it comes to marriage. And Amy (Kirstin Dunst) discovers the value in upholding high standards for a beau. Great role models. Through it all, the four preserve and deepen their relationships with one another, cherishing the irreplaceable bonds of sisterhood.

In one scene, the girls spontaneously sacrifice their much-anticipated Christmas breakfast to a needy family. Later, the more creative siblings discover that their literary and artistic masterpieces materialize only after they've turned their hearts homeward.

Little Women is a wonderful character study that values the relevance of Scripture and applauds virtues of modesty, friendship, compassion, forgiveness, peace, moral courage and inner strength. It is a tale that tugs at the heart and expands the mind. In an age of broken relationships and fast-paced existences, this delightful story recalls a much simpler life.

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Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes, Trini Alvarado, Kirstin Dunst


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