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Hope Cafe (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Romance | 25 July 2013 (USA)
A desperate young mother escapes an abusive relationship only to find herself in a small town and into the arms of a street hustler. Her pain and disappointments lead her to heal through faith.


Radhaa Nilia


Radhaa Nilia (story), Ayvee Verzonilla | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Raymond Bagatsing ... Pastor Miles
Orion Bradshaw Orion Bradshaw ... Buddy
Joseph Castillo-Midyett ... Ray (as Joseph Midyett)
Patrick Coffey Patrick Coffey ... Python
Dennis Freese Dennis Freese ... Dexter
Noel Gugliemi ... Hector
Britt Ivy Britt Ivy ... Sarah
Giovanni Leiva Giovanni Leiva ... Rome
F. Valentino Morales ... Marco
Radhaa Nilia ... Jade (voice)
Mindy Tiry Mindy Tiry ... Beatrice
Marcello Valenzano Marcello Valenzano ... Jose
Ayvee Verzonilla ... Hayden
Dustin Way Dustin Way ... Marty


A troubled young mother, Jade Torres, re-locates from Chicago to a small town in Oregon in search of a better life. Jade finds work at a local cafe, and finds herself in a budding romance with Hector, a hustler from East LA with a troubled past. Jade finds out Hector has been keeping secrets about his livelihood and her creepy store manager Ray makes a move on her, she reaches out to the Lord for guidance with the help of her co-worker, Hayden. Jade and Hector realize that they must both rediscover their faith, and rebuild their relationship with God. Written by Radhaa Nilia

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Hope Cafe- A Movie I Love
17 March 2013 | by ateneoptSee all my reviews

The world we live in today can seem so violent, full of sadness, anger, depression, and greed. We glorify and give more emphasis on anything and everything that is shocking, over the top, disgusting, and negative because of what? Profit? Selling more magazines and newspapers? Higher ratings? Has this world really lost what it means to be kind, loving, generous, and open hearted? The movies, the music, and the speech that is used today seeks to divide, arouse hatred, and glorify so much violence. But what we are really about is not that. We are really a species that is born with Love of infinite capacity.

I'm by no means a movie critic but what I do know is I believe in great stories about being human. Movies for me are a way to soothe my soul, inspire, excite, and open up a creativity in my mind and heart. When I watched movies I would be so enamored, inspired, entertained, and enthralled by movies ranging from Star Wars, Rocky, Grease, Gone With The Wind, Superman, Lawrence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Forrest Gump, Terminator, Love Story, The Godfather series, Lord of The Rings, and many more. I loved being taken into the world showing on the screen and feel and be a part of it to entertain me and take me away from the daily challenges and grind of life. For me it was all about how a movie would capture my mind and imagination and most of all my heart and soul.

When I look at how movies have evolved from the classics of yesteryear to today's computer enhanced and digitized sometimes soul-less productions I long for something that would bring back that true human element. Movies that spoke of life's daily struggles, joy, happiness, sadness, redemption, and most of all love. In the last decade I've really learned to appreciate movies that did not need hundreds of millions of dollars to produce. While entertaining to watch, today's mega-blockbuster movies don't leave as big an impression to me as before.

Radhaa has created a movie that brings life to characters and life situations we all can relate to and the biggest impression this movie left on me was not just about its message of hope, faith, and second chances. The biggest message and feeling I got from this was that I felt Radhaa's heart and soul poured all out into this for all to see.

I can imagine how much and what it took to conceptualize this from the concept, to the script, to the casting, the locations, the costumes and wardrobe, the original musical score. the scenery, to the style of the shooting, leaves me deeply appreciative of what an artist does to present a story truly from the heart. Its a movie where the overall theme that hope, faith, and love can help anyone make changes and choices. It shows how one can move forward in life without fear or regret to find happiness and peace. I've watched a lot of other movies where the underlying theme was of personal salvation and the promise of salvation. No, what I loved about this movie is that it shows how people can transform given the opportunity to do so. To learn lessons from the mistakes and the challenges that life throws at you.

This is the kind of movie that will touch not just your heart but also bring to one's mind that we live in a world where we need to practice more love and forgiveness. Yes, life is about choices and we can start by making those choices that pays it forward one heart and soul at a time. We need to take a closer look at the movies that mirror what we all face in life and how we can be better human beings. This is one of those movies that shows how an artist can take a story and bring to life a world that at some point in our lives we were some of those characters. It's a real movie about LIFE.

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