Loud, close and heartbreaking

Posted: September 25, 2012 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Uncategorized

Last night wifey and I watched Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. It is directed by Stephen Daldry basde on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Here is one of the trailers

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The movie deals with a boy’s search for a message or something left to him by his father, who died on the WTC. Very nice technical work, great acting, with Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis and a nice and varied cast of unkowns who do a great job. Oh yes, and the great Max Von Sydow! Amazing stuff.

Some thoughts on the experience:

– It is remarkable that the movie is able to connect with non-US-Americans (like me). Of course, 9/11 was an international tragedy, but especially tragic for the USA. The movie, I believe, succesfully puts that day into the frame of a senseless and perverse tragedy for the whole of mankind, not only a national thing. I like that;  we need to be able to relate to suffering and tragedy wherever we see it; that is the point of the parable of the good samaritan, is it not? As a Brazilian I was deeply moved by what I saw regarding that day and the ripple effect in the lives of many.

– The quest is at the same time heartbreaking and ecouraging. I will not say much about it for the sake of avoiding spoilers; but it has similarities and dissimilarities with our own quest in this life. We were given a task by Christ before his departure, the task of making disciples. And similarly to the story, we are to go pretty much everywhere in our alotted area and talk to all in order to advance in the completion of the task. It is different in the sense that we are not left with only crumbs and some mysterious clues, we are in fact left with a clear set of tools that have all we need for life and godliness.

– Another issue worth commenting is how the little guy’s quest touches and changes the lives of many. In our own walk in this world we often just go without meeting, interacting and simply getting to know how God’s immense creativity is displayed in the people right next to us. Like Christ, we need to interact with people.

– SPOILER ALERT: One of the big reveals has to do with the confession Oskar makes regarding not being able to bring himself to answer the phone when his father called from WTC. It is heartbreaking and a sour confession when we finally hear about it. Today, reflecting on it, that made me think about Peter; who in the moment of greatest need from his beloved master was unable to bring himself to identifying with him. In that, the most tragic of days, Christ died alone, so we could become part of his family. And if we are sincere in our assesment, biblically speaking we gentiles are not really Oskar, we are the rebel terrorists. And yet, his death conquers death and sin and brings over to his side all those who have faith in him.

Good news indeed.

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