Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mr. Blue Sky

I really want to see this movie so I've put in a special request to Netflix to see if they will buy a few copies and make it available to the public.

Here is a synopsis of the movie:

An unconventional love triangle between three childhood buddies; two girls, one born with Down syndrome, and one boy, who all grow up fighting who they are inside, how they are perceived by society as a whole, and who they ultimately strive to become as individuals through the obstacles that are inherently present.

Mr. Blue Sky is a ground-breaking film that explores the romantic relationship of a woman born with Down syndrome and a "normal" male, as perceived by today's society. Mr. Blue Sky attempts to break down society's barriers, much like "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?" did in the 1960's, as it aims to "change lives" through "changing minds."

Mr. Blue Sky is a heart-grabbing story that will ultimately change the way society views all people as "individuals" first and foremost.

The title is derived from a little girl's hope and love through the sun (Mr. Blue Sky.)

I'm intrigued by this movie. It touches upon some of the early fears I had and still have for Joaquin as he gets older. One of the first things I mourned when I learned about his diagnosis was the idea that he would not get married or have a family of his own. I now know that this is a possibility for him (the relationship part) but I can't help but worry still. I don't ever want him to be lonely. This has to be my greatest fear for him. I don't want him to be isolated or alone in this world. I want him to love and be loved forever so the thought that he might find companionship with someone very special and/or ultimately fall in love would be priceless to me. I will just have to buy this DVD if Netflix doesn't follow through on my request!

This is the website for the movie if anyone is interested in reading more about it: http://www.mrblueskymovie.com


Cheri said...

Hi Jennifer! Toby and I actually went to the Hollywood premiere of this movie!!! Reid was only 3 months old. We sat in the premiere with 500 other people, all affected in some way by Down syndrome. It was surreal really! I had always wanted to go to a movie premiere, but never imagined it would be under these circumstances. We went to a reception beforehand and we met this amazing group of high schoolers, that all had Down syndrome. They were so cute with each other...such good friends, happy, articulate...it was fun to meet them. We actually ran into them again at The Special Olympics this last spring. Anyway, my favorite part of the night was at the end of the movie the director and the actors all went up on stage to answer questions. The first question of the night came from a gentleman in the front row...a man in his 50s who had Down syndrome...after standing up, taking his glasses off, and wiping away tears, he asked, "When are more movies going to made like this?". There wasn't a dry eye in the entire theater!

Michelle R. Slape said...

A friend of mine passed on your blog site.

I have never heard of this movie, so thanks for mentioning it! I will definitely look into it.

tania said...

Hello Jennifer. We have 3 month old Qeis who was born with down syndrome. I have still not been able to gather enough courage or strength to accept Qeis' diagnosis, but have been going through your blog quite regularly since I discovered it a few days ago. Many times I have wanted to leave a comment, but have thought it better to just absorb all the strength I get through your writings first.
When I read about your greatest fear for Joaqin, I couldn't help but write to you because my baby boys loneliness in his future has by far been my biggest, and most unexplainable fear as well.
This film you have mentioned will bring as much peace to my mind as it will to yours. Please let me know how I can get a copy.
Thank you, Tania

Hector and Jennifer Varanini Sanchez said...

Hi Tania,
So great to hear from you. You can purchase the movie at www.mrblueskymovie.com/ Please let me know if you ever want to talk or write. My email is jvaranini@yahoo.com
Take care,