A bunch of us got together to watch the Spitfire Grill the other day. It was surprisingly good! Its kind of an old movie so I didn’t really know what to expect but the message in it is really great: don’t judge people because everyone deserves a chance. The story is about a young woman, Percy, who was recently released from prison looking for a fresh start. She goes to a very small town in Maine where she is taken in by an old woman who runs the local restaurant. When the woman hurts her leg Percy has to take over much of the work of running the restaurant. In the process she befriends a man who has been living in the woods behind the house for years, and together they find some healing for each of their wounds.
I thought the flaws that were so present and obvious in each character really made it much more realistic, otherwise it could have been very soppy. Every character had to really dig deep to find the strength to face their own personal challenges and to find the will to grow through that. At one point in the story we find out that the trees are “worthless” because they had been clear cut and all that is left is stump growth. However, we find out that the trees that have grown out of the old stumps are now valued by a scientist for a medicinal property in the bark. I think that is a great metaphor for the movie because when you get cut down you can grow back stronger than before.