This is a cinema verite-style documentary on Michele Meservy, 28, named Utah's Young Mother of the Year for 1978. The film was shot at Christmas time at the family's home in Orem. Michele has five children under five and the film is structured around a typical weekday in her life, with a closing sequence of the family attending an LDS sacrament meeting. In a closing epilogue Michele and her husband Rayman sit at a flatbed Steenbeck and comment on the film. Throughout the film they both make frequent comments to the camera, with occasional formal interview questions given by Diane Orr.
Coming out of several years of severe criticism against the Church for its alleged supression of women, this was a groundbreaking verite documentary and it remains an unbiased evaluation of the life of a typical LDS housewife; it could be called the LDS An American Family . The ironic contrast (implied by the title) between the hope of an eternally happy family and the hectic chaos of the present is obvious but not overstated, and the filmmakers, who are not LDS, thankfully allow Michele herself to comment on this in the epilogue.
Evidently shot by Larry Roberts without a camera assistant, there are frequent zooms and long focus pulls that may prove distracting.
Michele Meservy - herself; Rayman Meservy - himself; Melodie Meservy - herself; David Meservy - himself; Lydia Meservy - herself; Thomas Meservy - himself; Joseph Meservy - himself