Monday, January 12, 2009

Reign Over Me

I received the movie Reign Over Me for Christmas and was able to watch it again over the holiday. Cynthia and I watched the movie for the first time back in February when she was about 8 months pregnant with Cara. We were really struck by the movie back then for reasons we wouldn't totally realize at the time.

The movie is about a husband and father, Charlie, (Adam Sandler) who loses his wife and three children in one of the plane crashes on 9/11. The movie shares Charlie's story as he tries to process this incredible loss while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

I think the movie accurately portrays the depth of someone's grief after losing a family member. It shows the pain and anger that accompanies a loss. But what I love about the movie is the way Charlie breaks out of his anger, isolation and pain into a place of healing. After years of burying his pain inside him, he finally shares his story in what is one of the best scenes in the whole movie. After attending countless number of counseling sessions where hardly anything is said, finally there is a breakthrough.

I could write more about this movie but I don't want to ruin it for you. I highly recommend checking it out.


Leslie Parkins said...

This has been towards the middle of our queue...I'll make sure to move it up!

Carly said...

I absolutely loved this movie. It one of my favourites. To see what grief can do to a person. Just silenced me. When I feel my worst of hear that song Love reign o'er me.

Somedays I just sing that until I go to bed.

The whole time I thought of my son as I watched it and what grief has done to me.

Thank you for spreading the word about this movie.... I am inspired to also write about it on my blog.

Love to you both

Carly x