The Fisher King is a somber yet hopeful story of two men who are brought together by a tragedy, the loss of one man’s wife for which the other man is partially responsible. They each work through the often torturous experience of grappling with grief and guilt, forgiveness and friendship. In this faith review, discussion questions are included for an adult setting, dealing with the difficult interpersonal issues that the film presses.
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In this dramatic portrayal of love and death, the tragic dimensions of human experience are explored both in this life and in the hereafter. With the loss of their two children, Chris and Annie battle the torments of grief. Annie never recovers, and after the death of her husband, Chris, she commits suicide. In the afterlife, Chris embarks on a quest to find Annie, who has been barred from heaven due to her suicide. While the film departs significantly from biblical theology, there are a number of fascinating discussion questions that the film provokes: love, death, grief, salvation, the afterlife, and so forth. We have two reviews of the film, which both include excellent questions for group discussion.
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In our culture that values ambition and success, the individual becomes a commodity or a statistic. Whether it is the academy or the hospital or the church, the personal needs of the individual can be lost in our race to greater status and growth. In this faith review of Patch Adams, you can discern these issues as the lead character challenges the impersonal structure of the medical establishment, so that we may recognize the worth and dignity of each person we encounter. The film is geared toward an adult audience, with themes of sickness and death, but can also be appropriate for discussion with high school youth.
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Seminary student Star Crawford provides this review of An Unfinished Life where grace and forgiveness and acceptance are found in the midst of brokenness and dysfunction. Click on the QRcode or scan it to open the review.
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Union Presbyterian Seminary student Katherine Lamb says Grace is Gone gives people a chance to talk about grief and where God can be found in the midst of loss. Click on the image to read her complete faith review.