Wish You Well

Synopsis: After a family tragedy, a young girl moves from New York with her younger brother to live with their great grandmother on a Virginia farm and comes closer to understanding the land and roots that inspired her father's writings while discovering herself, the love of family, and the power of truly believing.
Genre: Drama, Family
100 min

When I was ten,

and my brother, Oz, was seven,

our lives changed.

Our lives changed

in the blink of an eye.


- I assume you're our driver?

- We're here to take you to the farm.

In this?

This is unacceptable.

We require a proper ambulance.

After that, I'll need to inspect

the accommodations

to ensure that they're acceptable and...

Hello, children. I'm Louisa.

And I know you go by Lou and Oz.

Welcome to Virginia.

This here's my friend, Eugene.

Excuse me, madam.

You can't expect us to ride back there.

No, I checked the fare back.

There's enough right here

to get you on the first train out.

Perhaps you don't speak English

that well. I'm coming with you.

Perhaps you don't understand how folks

around here feel about trespassers.

We take it very seriously.

And I've never fired

a warning shot in my life.

Come on now.

Amanda, it's Louisa.

I'm so glad we finally get to meet.

That's Hell no.

What you looking at?

- Hop in, Diamond.

- Come on, Jeb. Come on.

Who's that?

Howdy y'all.

I expect y'all being

Ms. Louisa's people.

Folks around here call me Diamond.

My daddy say that's how hard my head be.

I'm Lou. This is Oz.

Sorry to hear about your momma

being hurt.

She's going to get better.

- Are we here?

- Oh, no.

Hell No's just dropping me off

at the river to go fishing.

- His name's Eugene.

- Folks around here call him Hell No.


Well, when Hell No was a baby,

his daddy left him.

Folks asked, "You gonna come back

and get him?" He said, "Hell, no!"

John Jacob Cardinal.


Not now, Amanda.

- We can't live off awards, Jack.

- I said, not now, Amanda!

I wish you'd stop doing that.

It's not going to help.

Your problem is

you don't believe in anything.

And your problem is

you believe in everything.

Everything all right?

- What is that for, Oz?

- A way to help Mom.

Lou doesn't believe it.


believing in something is...

a lot better than having an empty heart.

What smells?

- Well, that'd be manure.

- Oh, you'll get to love that smell.

Now come on over here.

Eugene's gonna show you how to plow.

Now Mable here is about as strong

as anything in the world.

I read an animal book.

They have to show them who's in charge.

I guess Mable didn't read that book.


Lou, Oz, I want you to meet

Cotton Longfellow.

He's one of the finest lawyers

around here.

Well, seeing as I'm also one

of the only lawyers around here,

that is a dubious distinction.



Lou fell in manure.

That's why she smells.


I don't know a farmer worth his take

who hasn't fallen in manure at least once.

I want to say how sorry I am

for your father's passing.

He was one of the greatest writers

this country has ever had.

Lou, I think you might get along

right well with Mr. Longfellow.

Are you related

to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?

- I am indeed.

- He was a great writer, too.

I live in the shadow of greatness.

Can be a little difficult

for some family members.

Well, Mr. Longfellow and I

have things to talk over,

so you... you best go get cleaned up.

You go help your sister.

It's nice to meet you, Oz, Lou.

So what'd you find out, Cotton?


there is no money...

in Jack Cardinal's estate.


there are a lot of unpaid

hospital bills for Ms. Amanda.

Well, we'll get by, we always do.

What exactly is wrong with Ms. Amanda?

Mental trauma...

is what the doctor in New York wrote me.

Say she may not get better.

It's up to her.

Maybe up to God.


mental trauma can sometimes

be overcome by mental stimulation.

What better way to stimulate somebody

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David Baldacci

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