by Neil Saavedra
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The story of this tenacious pigeon reminds me of how being so narrowly focused on something you want can have disastrous consequences – even when you get what you want. Oh, and the animation is amazing!
PLOT: A poetic and powerful story of a father forced to choose between love and duty.
MY THOUGHTS: I cried the first time I saw this film, and every subsequent time there after. This is not a religious film nor a preachy film – It is a wonderful film that humbly and candidly reminded me of the unfathomable love God has for us and the depth of His sacrifice. If this film doesn’t change or awaken something deep within you, you weren’t watching. -NS
PLOT: “The Quarrel brings to the screen one of the most powerful works of modern literature – a haunting story by Yiddish writer Chaim Grade that was written shortly after the Second World War. Two survivors of the Holocaust, accidentally reunited in a park in Montreal in 1948, take up their argument just where they left it nine years earlier: one of the men is a pious Hasid who runs a yeshiva for Jewish orphans, the other a secular writer who has long since lost his religious faith.
The war deprived them of everything, including all the members of their families; yet, instead of deadening their appetite for life, the losses they suffered and the brutalities they witnessed have only reinforced the Orthodox Jew’s trust in God and the secular skeptic’s trust in himself.
As they spend the day together, the two men alternately cling together to recall their common past, and lock horns in debate over their opposing views of God and the world. For them and for the audience, the concentrated drama of their encounter passes too quickly. ”
- Ruth Wisse, Chair in Yiddish Literature, Harvard University
Canada, 1992, 88 minutes
MY THOUGHTS: Let’s face it, religious dialogue in movies is often forced, sappy, simplistic or just plain bad. Not in the Quarrel. This compelling and thought provoking film allows you to voyeuristically sit in on a serendipitous debate dealing with God, pain and evil…a debate that lives in the head and hearts of every human being – why is there suffering?
Based on a story by Yiddish writer Chaim Grade. -NS
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