Fury, fear, despair, anger, frustration, hopelessness.
Broken promises, broken relationships, broken home.
This movie stirred strong emotions in me; because, I came from a broken home. The depth of emotion shown by the actors in this film made it seem so real. It was an excellent portrayal of what can happen when we stop fighting for our marriages and for our families.
I watched this with my family. It was an excellent movie; but, I do not recommend it for young children. My daughter is ten. Even she was rather young for the level of anger displayed, especially by the father. Even so, I think that the redemptive qualities of prayer and focus on God and the church make this a five star movie. It is wonderful to see how this family is changed. It's definitely one that I would pay to see again.
About the Movie:
Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church's beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.
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