How terminal illness affects families is often a subject of cinematic scrutiny, but the AIDS epidemic warrants less shallow treatment than A MOTHER'S PRAYER provides.
Without warning, low-risk widow Rosemary Holstrom (Linda Hamilton) is diagnosed HIV-positive at a clinic supervised by Nurse Ruby (S. Epatha Merkerson). Initially disbelieving his mother, then angrily ignoring reality, Rosemary's eight-year-old son T. J. (Noah Fleiss) clings to hopes of her
recovery. Increasingly ill, Rosemary storms a bureaucratic Bastille as she personally endeavors to select a new home for her child, even taking her struggle to the media for fast results--an act which aggravates...