This film is set in the Hollywood of the 1920s and 30s, as silent movies give way to sound. It tells the tale of folks chasing success and stardom and pleasure in a world of partying, excess and opulence. There seems to be no limit to what they can do, and yet… and yet… their lives take all kinds of detours down destructive side alleys. They have in some ways all they could want, and yet it’s not enough. They are trying to fill the gap inside with things that only make the gap bigger.
Our hearts are restless till we find our rest in God, so said that old Saint Augustine. And we can see that restlessness inn our own lives and the lives of others. St A. also said God puts salt on our lips to make us thirst for him. I wonder what he uses to put salt on your lips? For me it is films and pop songs and books. I find I’m tripping over my need for the presence of God as it’s expressed in all kinds of unexpected bits of culture. Longing for a better life is stitched into the fabric of everything really, our desire for connection with the one who made it all. And the one who offers us another way.
‘I’m the only God there is – the only God who does things right, and knows how to help. So turn to me and be helped – saved! Everyone, whoever and wherever you are. I am God, the only God there is, the one and only.’ So says our Creator through the prophet Isaiah, in chapter 45 of his book in The Message Bible. ‘Turn to me and be helped.’ How I need that invitation daily. The open arms of crucifixion and resurrection, the welcoming arms of the God who sees us and understands us, and has made a way and a future for us.

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