By Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
Dolphin Tale, starring Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr.,
is based on the inspiring true story of Winter, a bottlenose dolphin who
lost her tail in a crab trap off the coast of Florida. She was rescued
and fitted with a prosthetic tail at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It
was not an easy task as she had already learned to swim in a way that,
unless helped, would eventually cripple her further.
Dolphin Tale parallels Winter’s story with that of two
children of single parents, and a returning soldier wounded in Iraq.
Although the film is in 3D, the story is beautiful in its simplicity.
The courage of some of the children who visit Winter goes right for the
The film shows how Winter is an inspiration to veterans as
well as to children with disabilities. I was also moved by the sacrifices that
parents make for their children with special needs. There’s one scene in the
film where a mom arrives with her little daughter who cannot walk… they had
driven hundreds of miles and the aquarium was closed. Of course they opened it
for them, but you might need a Kleenex for that moment.
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