6.91 h 29 min200713+
Life in a Detroit suburb is closing in on Zoe and her two friends, Sarah and Ally.
Vanessa ZimaJenny SeagroveStephi Lineburg
DramaYoung Adult Audience
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Artist & AuthorReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Prayer to the Great Spirit
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While this movie is quite an adventure movie for the girls, and for an eccentric London psychologist, at its heart this movie is about the power of prayer. Nothing seemed to be going right in Zoe's life - uncaring parents, kicked out of school, trouble on their trip, etc. It wasn't until she reached New Mexico and met her first real-life American Indian, and was able to talk to him, that she sensed what she needed to do to make sense of her life.

It was common for young men to go out into the wilderness to seek out the will of the Great Spirit - their vision quest. This was often done totally naked, as if the young man was one with Nature. After he comes back to the tribe, he is then considered to be an adult. When Zoe learns of this practice, she disappears into the desert, also totally naked, to seek the Great Spirit and to find the meaning of her troubled life. She spends several days in a state of deep, meditative prayer. Although she almost dies, and her mother again rejects her, she soon realizes that the Great Spirit has answered her prayer. Her life begins anew.

The skill with which the Spiritual message is woven into an adventure, girl-buddy travel movie should be studied by those who purport to make so-called Christian movies. All the previous reviewers of this movie gave it five stars. I think this is because this film subtly addresses the deep human yearning to know one's place on earth, the meaning of life, or that God cares for each and every one of us. While you are enjoying an adventure movie, you are feeling a Spiritual movie.
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SheriReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
good tv movie?
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This film had a flavor of a TV Hallmark special but, with a bit more grit. 3 teenaged girls, each with a troubled home-life; facing a school suspension for smoking; and having a fall-out with the tough girls, decide to hit the road with a hitch-hiking trip across country. Zoe is the sensitive imaginative one in contrast to her trying-not-to-feel-vulnerable, crass buddies. Without money they try to glom on to different people to make their way to Calif. Zoe meets an English woman driving to N. Mex. who is on her own quest. There is pretty scenery. I did stay with the film because I cared about the main character. There are 9 other reviews but you have to look it up under Vanguard's Zoe.
K. HudsonReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2008
3.0 out of 5 stars
Best for the pre-teen or teenaged viewer
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I was interested in this movie thinking I might identify with the middle-aged English woman, but it was more focused on the 15 year old girl. It wasn't a bad movie but I think young girls would be a better audience for it than I was.
Raymond I. SpanglerReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2014
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not that hot (as reviewed)
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I bought this to see the lady but it story was lame and mystic but I had been warned by other reviewers.
Frances E. VineyReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Started out slow but got better. I found it Entertaining and heartwarming. It is a good movie for young teens.
Cy KoticReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't be sucked in like i was
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Don't be sucked in like i was.This is NOT a widescreen dvd it is letterboxed. For that reason i give the movie itself 5 stars but the dvd i only give 1 star.
Why not release a PROPER WS dvd instead of this letterboxing garbage?
AdoremReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
Zoe (Vanessa Zima) is a teenage girl growing up in Michigan, where she's grown frustrated with life in the Midwest and is at odds with her mother (Kim Greist), who refuses to break things off with her boyfriend, who often beats her. Zoe wants to find a new direction in her life, and when she learns that one of her ancestors was a Cherokee Indian, she decides to explore her Native American heritage. Two of Zoe's friends, Ally (Victoria Davis) and Sarah (Stephi Lineburg), want to go to California, and since Zoe thinks she can find a spiritual guide in New Mexico, she decides to join them as they steal a car and head west. En route, Zoe makes the acquaintance of Cecelia (Jenny Seagrove), a British woman who is heading out to Navajo territory to scatter the ashes of her late mother, and Zoe believes she's met a mirror-version of herself (albeit a few years older).

This movie is something you will really enjoy very much! This is one of those little known type of movies and when you watch it, you are so glad you did because its made so well!
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DouglasReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
It was a very heart felt, touching film with character's you could relate to. When watching, you felt part of the action, the photography of the scenes were wonderful and the story line cohesive and understandable. The director brought you into Zoe's world and kept you there. People and characterization are the stars of this film not special effects and car chases. I'm glad to have had an opportunity to see this film and hope others would take advantage of a film that can bring out real emotion from the screen to the heart. I would love to see a sequel and find out where these character's ended up in ten or twenty years from the end of the movie. I hope everyone gets the chance to see this film. Excellent work. A+.
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