October Baby: A Quest to Redeem an Identity

The film October Baby has dramatically dealt a sensitive topic about failed abortion and its consequences. Main character Hannah was a freshman student who suffers seizures due to being born prematurely. After fainting onstage at a school play, her protective father Dr. Jacob consults a neurologist about her complications. Hannah overheard their conversation including that he read her journal where she noted feeling unwanted. She then insisted to know the cause of her health issues.

As it turns out, Hannah survived a failed abortion and that she was an adopted child. This revelation led to a quest to find her birth mother. Hannah wanted to know what happened to her mother and why she considered her as a case of unwanted pregnancy. These scenes showed us the emotion of a confused teenager with an identity concealed from her. We also saw the love of an adoptive father who kept the circumstances underlying her birth for as long as he can.

Right in time for spring break, Hannah travels with her childhood friend Jason and his buddies so they can drop her off to Mobile on the way to New Orleans. Jason’s girlfriend Alana gets jealous over Hannah so she called Dr. Jacob to confront him. What’s good about Jason is that he proves to Dr. Jacob that he can trust him as his daughter’s friend and companion. He left his buddies and girlfriend so he can go with Hannah. There was a chance for them to sleep in one bed in a hotel but they ended sleeping at a couch in the lobby instead. What they showed is young love that has pure intentions for each other.

There were several heartbreaking scenes in this film. Nurse Mary described in details to Hannah what happened when she and her twin brother was born. The incident left a trauma in her even at the passing of time. The second poignant scene was when Hannah’s birth mother Cindy saw her note on the table. In it were the words I forgive you and a hospital tag she used when Hannah was born. Cindy broke down in tears realizing the weight of her sin. She didn’t acknowledge Hannah as her daughter when they met. The pain was still there between them.

However, Hannah chose to forgive her even when she didn’t ask for it. The third tearful scene was when Dr. Jacob brought Hannah to her twin’s grave and told her about the lengths he and his wife took in order for her to live. Hannah finally had closure with her past and understood that it was her adoptive parents who wanted her in their lives.

Ultimately, the story’s message was as we are forgiven by Christ, we forgive those who sinned against us not because they deserve forgiveness. We have the power to choose to forgive because we deserve to free ourselves from the burden that hatred and regrets bring to our souls.