‘Anything is Possible’ is a heartening story

Category: Television

Up Faith & Family has so many great movies and the 2013 film Anything is Possible is one of them. It is emotional on so many levels, and if it doesn’t pull at your heartstrings, nothing will.

The film highlights Ethan Bortnick who plays Nathan, a ten-year-old boy whose Army mother Margaret (Lacy Chabert) goes missing while she is on assignment in Japan to help with tsunami rescues. Nathan learns that his father (Jonathan Bennett) is not his biological father and once Margaret is MIA, child services steps in to take the boy while custody is being straightened out. This upsets him and he ends up running away. The rest of the story is heartbreaking, heartwarming, and heartening. Let’s just say the film has heart!

Many issues combine to make up this emotional tale: military family life, PTSD, homelessness, adoption, child disease, orphans, community bonding, and more. At every turn there is a new punch to the gut. But it does have a great ending. After all, it is on UP Faith and Family.

What is intriguing about the film, besides the emotional journey, is that Bortnick is himself a child prodigy. He co-wrote the music in the movie, and his amazing piano playing ability is highlighted throughout the film.

Ethan Bortnick began playing the piano when he was four years old. He was born in 2000 and has had a remarkable life to date. At age five he was composing music and when he was almost ten he headlined a show at the Wentz Concert Hall in Illinois. This little guy is an amazing talent and it comes into play in the movie.

Nathan uses his talent to help save the local orphanage. He also uses it as a way to connect with his mother, whom he misses greatly. He is befriended by another ten-year-old named Jessie who helps him when he is hiding from the Child Services, and a homeless vet who looks after the young boy.

Nathan’s journey is touching and definitely emotional for not only him but also the viewers. This is a show that brings out many poignant feelings and subjects and is worth checking out. Anything is Possible is available to stream on UP Faith & Family.

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Francine Brokaw has been covering all aspects of the entertainment industry for over 25 years. She also writes about products and travel. She has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines as well as Internet websites. She has written her own book, Beyond the Red Carpet The World of Entertainment Journalists, is the entertainment correspondent for Good Day Orange County, and has her own TV show, Beyond the Red Carpet, on Village Television in Orange County. She is a longstanding member of the Television Critics Association, was a longstanding member of the Los Angeles Press Club, and is accredited by the MPAA. Follow her on Twitter.