The powerful thing about this film is the way it plunges the viewer into a confusing world of disorientation. Characters from one scene look different in another, conversations you thought were real suddenly seem misleading, and the timeline appears all over the place. Is it morning or evening? And so we are given a glimpse into Anthony’s world, where he thinks he is in control and others are forgetful or playing games with him. He is losing his grip on reality, and we are shown something of what he is experiencing. Anthony Hopkins won a well-deserved Oscar for his performance, but Olivia Colman gives an equally convincing performance as the caring daughter struggling with her father’s diminishing understanding. I’ll be honest, I was not looking forward to seeing this film, and had mixed feelings about watching this story of a once-sharp mind slipping away. It is a reminder of the pain and loss so prevalent in this world in all its forms, but also the dedication and faithfulness of those who care. So many lay down their lives each day to help and support. So many offer their strength and kindness to others who need it. Jesus cherishes and applauds those who bring peace and care into the lives of others. Blessed are the merciful, he says, blessed are the peacemakers. That word ‘blessed’ can also be translated, ‘God is with… the peacemakers and the merciful.’ God is in the faithful love and care shown to others, in the courageous daily kindness shared. His love expressed in the actions, words and feelings of us as we care and help.
I regularly post creative pieces which help folks connect with the Bible in a contemporary and down-to-earth way. Please feel free to make use of them if they inspire you. I also post daily short thoughts on Twitter and have produced a variety of books, most of which draw on the Bible.