Director: Mike Nichols
Writers: Margaret Edson; Emma Thompson; Mike Nichols
Review by Paul Penman (posted on 6-May-2007)
I viewed this film at the Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia Baptist Church last evening.
I though Emma Thompson was brilliant in her leading role; especially her delivery of John Donne's poetry, where he interprets not so much the meaning of life, but the eternal meaning of death as part of God's plan for the salvation of humankind.
As a freelance writer and active Christian, I found this film to be extremely powerful by reinforcing the message of the book of Revelation, especially Chapter 21, verses 1 to 4, using as a vehicle this particular Holy Sonnet(X.).
The final lines of this sonnet read 'One short sleep past, we take eternally, And Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.'
This film moved me deeply, once again confirming my need to keep short accounts with God.
(The book I am currently writing 'EVERY STEP OF THE WAY' follows a similar theme, using the book of John, Chapter 14, verses 6 and 7 as its foundation.)
BA BSScHons) GradDipArts(Writing).
May 7, 2007
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