Stolen by Their Father (2022 Lifetime)

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Stolen by Their Father (2022 Lifetime)

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Cast: Sarah Drew, Kimonas Kouris,

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Based on the memoir of Lizbeth Meredith (Sarah Drew), a mother who says goodbye to her young daughters for a non-custodial visit with their father, her abusive ex-husband, only to discover days later that he has kidnapped the children and taken them to Greece. For the next two years, fueled by the memories of her own childhood kidnapping, Lizbeth travels to the White House and Greece, burning through every dime and favor to get her children back. One false move, and her ex-husband will vanish with her girls guaranteeing that Lizbeth will never see them again. Two false moves and he’ll make good on his promise to kill her. But a mother’s love knows no borders, and Lizbeth will risk everything to protect her daughters and bring them back home. Kimonas Kouris co-stars. (2022)

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Sarah Drew plays Elizabeth, a mother living in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1994 with her two daughters. She works for a woman’s crisis center and has personal experience with an abusive husband, Greg.

Elizabeth is annoyed that Greg isn’t planning by the rules with shared custody. Greg is greek and still has family abroad. She reluctantly lets him take the girls on for his visitation. 

The next day at school, Elizabeth is surprised to learn that the girls aren’t at school. She goes to Greg’s house, and it has been cleared out. She immediately goes to the police, who refer her to the crimes against children unit. 

They aren’t helpful and don’t believe that Greg has left the town, let alone the country. Elizabeth goes to a travel agency to find proof that he took her girls. The travel agent (who also dated Greg) admits to booking him and the girls a flight to Athens. 

Elizabeth follows them and goes to the US embassy. Things are moving too slow for her. The system is dragging, and it has been two months since she has heard from them. She gets the opportunity to see the girls when the government finds them, but Greg finds out and moves the girls again. he files for custody of the girls in Greece. 

To help fight for her daughters, Elizabeth gets extra time off to stay and Greece and find her children. 

Things are more complicated because Greg has lied to the girls and said that Elizabeth had abandoned them. They have been brainwashed and don’t want to leave when Elizabeth finds them. Greg is arrested for kidnapping.   

The girls are given to Elizabeth, and she is saddened to learn that they have been neglecting their oral hygiene.

While trying to leave at the airport, Elizabeth is stopped and arrested by the Greece police for kidnapping. She is given temporary custody while the Greek court system decides who has parental rights. 

In the law part of this very long Law & Order episode, Elizabeth testifies on her own behalf. It is a VERY Lifetime monologue. The judge talks with the daughters and then rules in favor of the father. Greg gets the kids, and Elizabeth is shocked. Her lawyer thinks that Greg’s lawyer bribed the judge. 

Elizabeth decides to kidnap her daughters back and sneak out of their hotel at 4 am. (Bust of the Lifetime wigs! I LOLed when she put a red wig on her already red hair.) They manage to get on a fairy and are one step closer to freedom. 

The girls are back in the USA, and Elizabeth is happy to have her family back. Greg can’t get back into the US, and he will never see his daughters again. 

Side Note

Minority Report: Janet, Father, Detective, 

There is a backstory about Elizabeth growing up in an abusive home, but I left it out here for better flow. The documentary after the movie was very interesting. I’d suggest learning about the true story rather than watching this movie.

Based on a true story read more about it here. 

This is very much in the CLASSIC Lifetime genre of a mother fighting to get back her children, ala Sally Field, in Not Without my Daughter

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Overall rating

Number of Kills: 

Not that kind of Lifetime Movie (0 Knives)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷 🍷 (2 glasses of wine.)

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