Henry Poole Is Here (2008)

Having been diagnosed with an unidentified rare terminal disease, Henry Poole purchases a tract house in the working class suburb of Los Angeles where he suffered through a difficult childhood and awaits the inevitable, fortified with whiskey and frozen pizza. His peaceful solitude and self-imposed exile are disrupted by his meddling neighbor Esperanza Martinez, who insists she sees the face of Christ imbedded in the stucco wall of his home and is convinced the image has miraculous powers when it begins to exude drops of blood. Before long, she is leading pilgrimages to his backyard and inviting Father Salazar from the local parish to bless the supposedly sacrosanct blemish.
In addition to dealing with Esperanza, Henry finds himself interacting with Dawn and her taciturn six-year-old daughter Millie, who hasn’t spoken a word since her father abandoned the family a year earlier. Dawn becomes convinced of the image’s healing powers when Millie begins to talk after touching it. Another disciple is supermarket cashier Patience, who wears thick glasses and discovers her vision is perfect after she too comes in contact with the stain.
Disbelieving and frustrated by the faithful who have gathered at his home, Henry destroys the image with a sledgehammer, but in the process he weakens the structure and a corner of the house collapses on him. At the hospital, he is greeted by Esperanza, Dawn and a talking Millie and is startled to learn the truth about his condition and finds himself ready to accept the possibility of miracles.

Rated: PG
Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
In Theaters: Aug 15, 2008 Wide
On DVD: Jan 20, 2009
Distributor:Overture Fillms
Directed By: Mark Pellington
Written By: Albert Torres

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