Mission Issues

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Lars and the real girl

We watched an excellent DVD last night: Lars and the real girl. I’m not going to write much about the plot. It’s enough to say that, in the hands of a different director, this could have ended up as a filthy piece of junk. But Craig Gillespie, who was nominated for the 2007 Most Promising Filmmaker award by the Chicago Film Critics Association, succeeded in making a movie that has an extremely deep message and speaks to Christians in a remarkable way.
I’m more or less sick and tired (and have been for the past twenty or thirty years!) of movies where pastors and priests are nearly always shown to be corrupt, with a total inability to do anything right in their congregations. They either steal money, cheat on their spouses (except for the priests who are not married but who still get involved in extra-marital affairs), act absolutely loveless and do everything Hollywood likes to blame Christians of doing.
This movie was totally different, without being soppy. It shows how the church members first struggle to do the right thing and then, as the movie progresses, they become increasingly convinced that they are indeed right in what they are doing, until eventually the movie ends in a way that is not even considered when the movie starts – but it proves that the church members, under the leadership of their minister, did indeed make the right decision.
If what I’m writing doesn’t make much sense, it’s merely because I don’t want to give away the plot. So if you feel that you want to see something that is a quite few notches above the normal movies shown on big screen, I can wholeheartedly recommend this movie.
I’d like to hear how you experienced this movie.


Saturday, November 1, 2008 - Posted by | Church, Grace, Hope, Movie Review


  1. interessant, ek’t hom ook Vrydag aand gekyk.

    Comment by cobus | Sunday, November 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. Wat het jy daarvan gedink?

    Comment by Arnau van Wyngaard | Sunday, November 2, 2008 | Reply

  3. uitstekend!

    Comment by cobus | Tuesday, November 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. I wrote a review of this film on my own blog. I enjoyed it too, to a degree that surprised me given the plot summary on the DVD case… 🙂

    Comment by brad | Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | Reply

  5. I read your review at the time, but couldn’t remember where I had read it when I recently saw the movie. Good summary!

    Comment by Arnau van Wyngaard | Thursday, November 6, 2008 | Reply

  6. Excellent film! Seen it twice, and wouldn’t mind watching again. Incredible show of love community around a hurting person.

    Comment by pNielsen | Tuesday, November 25, 2008 | Reply

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