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Looking for God at the movies

Searching movies for evidence of the divine

Join us as we watch a film and then have conversation afterwards.

We will meet at Henry and Edith Krause’s home at 7.30.

Your free admission includes popcorn!

Dec 10th: Timbuktu (France, 2014)

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives — which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith — abruptly disturbed. (imdb.com)

Nov 26th: Charlie's Country (France, 2013)

Blackfella Charlie is out of sorts. The intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws now. So Charlie takes off, to live the old way, but in so doing sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser. (imdb.com)

Nov 12th: The Attack (France, 2013)

An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing. (imdb.com)

Oct 22nd: Citizenfour (USA, 2014)

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. (imdb.com)

Sept 24th: Selma (USA, 2014)

A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. (imdb.com)

May 14th: Still Alice (USA, 2014)

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested. (imdb.com)

April 23rd: Tall as the Baobab Tree (USA, 2012)

In a rural African village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, a teenage girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her 11-year-old sister from an arranged marriage. (imdb.com)

April 9th: The Grand Budapest Hotel (USA, 2014)

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. (imdb.com)

March 26th: Calvary (Ireland, 2014)

After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him. (imdb.com)

March 12th: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (USA, 2013)

When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. (imdb.com)

February 19th: Pride (UK, 2014)

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. (imdb.com)

February 5th: No (Chile, 2012)

An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum. (imdb.com)

January 15th: Boyhood (USA, 2014)

The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18. (imdb.com)
 
2014

December 4th: Win Win (USA, 2011)

A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach’s chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life. (imdb.com)

November 20th: Philomena (UK, 2013)

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (imdb.com)

November 6th: Ida (Poland, 2013)

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. (imdb.com)

October 23rd: The Railway Man (USA, 2013)

A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him. (imdb.com)

October 9th: Noah (USA, 2014)

A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world. (imdb.com)

May 28th: Departures (Canada, 2012)

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (imdb.com)

May 1st: The Hunt (Denmark, 2012)

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.. (imdb/youtube)

April 17th: Vision (Germany, 2009)

The story of twelfth-century Benedictine abbess Hildegard von Bingen—a Christian mystic, author, counselor, naturalist, scientist, philosopher, physician, herbalist, poet, channeller, visionary, composer and polymath, whose grand claims often run counter to the patriarchal world around her. (imdb/youtube)

March 20th: Stories We Tell (Canada, 2012)

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. (imdb.com)

March 6th: Footnote (Israel, 2011)

Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. (imdb.com)

February 20th: The Edge of Heaven (Germany, 2007)

A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father’s former girlfriend. (imdb.com)

February 6th: Stella Days (Ireland, 2011)

A small town cinema in rural Ireland becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith and passion, Rome and Hollywood and a man and his conscience. (imdb.com)

January 23rd: The Reluctant Fundamentalist (USA/India, 2012)

A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland. (imdb.com)
 
2013

December 5th: Joyeux Noël (2005)

On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish fraternize and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal war, in what became a true lesson of humanity. (imdb.com)

November 21st: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (UK, 2011)

British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. (imdb.com)

November 7th: To the Wonder (USA, 2012)

After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church’s Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood. (imdb.com)

October 17th: Life of Pi (USA, 2012)

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (imdb.com)

October 3rd: Rabbit-Proof Fence (USA/Australia, 2002)

In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback. (imdb.com)

March 21st: The Intouchables (Belgium, 2012)

A rich quadriplegic, living in a mansion in Paris, requires a live-in carer. A young offender turns up for an interview, but he is not really looking to get the job. However, to his surprise, he is hired. The two men then develop a close friendship. It is a profound movie which touches on themes of presumptions, social class difference, health, and as naïve as it may sound, the universality of humanity. (imdb.com)

March 7th: Where Do We Go Now? (Lebanon, 2011)

Here’s a notion: Peace in the Middle East would come about more easily if the region were governed by women. After relegating women to inferior or invisible roles in society, many of the region’s nations are governed by men who want to prove how macho they are. Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now? is an intriguing comedy in which the women of a tiny, isolated Lebanese village conspire to bring about peace. (imdb.com)

February 21st: Take Shelter (USA, 2012)

In Take Shelter is a thought provoking film that explores the line between fear and paranoia, or objectivity and subjectivity, as it’s protagonist – a blue-collar family man of few words – wrestles with apocalyptic dreams and visions of a strange, possibly supernatural storm, responding to them as best he can as both literal warnings AND possible signs of mental illness. (imdb.com) 

February 7th: A Separation (Iran, 2011)

In A Separation a married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease. (imdb.com) 

January 24th: Exit through the Gift Shop (USA, 2010)

In Exit through the Gift Shop Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. He fiercely guards his anonymity to avoid prosecution. An eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. (imdb.com) 

January 10th: Beasts of the Southern Wild (USA, 2012)

Beasts of the Southern Wild is the story of Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, who lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. (imdb.com)
 
2012

November 15th: Hugo

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle, a skill he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn’t work without a special key which Hugo needs to find to unlock the secret he believes it contains. (imdb.com)

October 18th: Monsieur Lazhar

Monsieur Lazhar is the story of Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant. He is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically. While the class goes through a long healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir’s painful former life; nor that he is at risk of being deported at any moment. The film depicts the encounter between two distant worlds and the power of self-expression. (imdb.com)

October 12th: Hellbound?

The film takes an in-depth look at the subject of hell and why those who question the traditional doctrine are so often criticized by their fellow Christians. Writer and Director Kevin Miller visited LMF in June. Opening at Colossus Theater, Langley

October 4th: Son of Man (South Africa, 2006)

Son of Man is the story of Jesus but with a twist – it is set in present-day South Africa. It has relatively little spoken dialogue but a great deal of music that is full-throated and powerful.Jesus disciples include a few women along with the men this time, and they follow him through the townships of Cape Town as he preaches non-violence. The secret of the movie is that it doesn’t strain to draw parallels with current world events – because it doesn’t have to. (Roger Ebert)

September 20th: Higher Ground (USA, 2011)

Higher Ground is about a woman who wants something far more than she can actually handle it. Corinne (Vera Farmiga) is so sure in her devoutness to God that there is never any question or doubts. Then why does she still feel empty? She is inviting God in, leaves the porch light on, but sometimes God just does not show up. The film depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith.(www.imdb.com)