Are there any people or characters that recall some essence of your parents (or other loved one) to you? Melissa Leo's character in Frozen River recalled my mom to me so strongly in her struggle to care for her family and provide herself a little bit of luxury (even if it's dime store luxury) in the midst of poverty. Pearl Fryar in A Man Named Pearl recalled my dad so much I actually bought the movie and sent it to him as a gift. I included a note telling him how much Pearl's outgoing, hard-working, optimistic generosity reminded me of him. He called to thank me and told me he cried when he opened the package. I felt happy knowing I'd made him happy.