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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A Love Story


This afternoon I saw a screening of "The Nativity Story." The film will appear in theaters December 1. Apart from the wise men arriving at the stable in Bethlehem, the film stuck very closely to the biblical account. New Line Cinemas went out of its way, casting relative unknowns from all over the world to play the characters of Luke 1 and 2. Without the distractions found in many biblical films — British accents, fair-skinned/blue-eyed actors, famous voiceovers — I was transported into the story.

What I found most compelling about the film was how it developed the humanity of Mary and Joseph. It considered Mary's disappointment in an arranged marriage and Joseph's heartache at learning his betrothed had been unfaithful. It followed the couple's journey from respect to trust — and ultimately love — as they united in the daunting task of raising the Son of God. I was moved by the story of two ordinary individuals who made extraordinary sacrifices.

"The Nativity Story" will be a highlight of this holiday movie season. Pray that it will touch many hearts. "Everyone has a gift," the shepherd says. This film will remind you of yours.

6 Comments:

At 12:31 AM, Blogger Anna H. said...

Wow, Suz, I hadn't heard of this movie. I'm glad you posted about it -- it sounds like one I definitely want to see.

 
At 1:24 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

I've been looking forward to this movie since I saw the trailer online! I'm also looking forward to seeing "One Night With the King" (which is already showing), the story of Esther. Have you seen that one?

 
At 6:43 AM, Anonymous Danielle said...

I was wondering what this movie would be like. Thanks for your review and I'll look forward to seeing if it will play in this area!

 
At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Kelsey said...

I can't wait to see this one, it looks really great. You know what is sad though? I was just reading an article on the girl who plays Mary in this movie, she is 16 and is pregnant with her 19 year old boyfriend's child. It made me sad hearing that :(

 
At 8:52 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Yes, I knew that going into the film. This is the actress who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in "Whale Rider." It's not really a joke, but you do wonder about the correlation in her life between playing a teenage mom and being one.

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger Jeana said...

When I saw the preview for this movie it reminded me of the book "Two From Galilee" which really emphasises the relationship between Mary and Joseph. I highly recommend the book and I'm looking forward to seeing "The Nativity Story".

 

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