Two Special Movies
Take your pick, up to you. Whether you enjoy salty or sweet snack foods, there’s a film for you. One is more for kids, the other, more for adults (but fine for kids, too). The first has a Jewish backdrop, set in Jerusalem, and the second, a very vague, unspoken reference to Christianity… but you would have to know, to know.
Let’s start with the first.
The holiday of Sukkot is upon us, with the week-long festivities to end soon. This is the Feast of Tabernacles of the Bible, a time when families build small lean-tos in their yard, or on their balcony, commemorating temporary dwellingplaces and God’s provision in the wilderness on the way from Egypt to the Promised Land.
Some of the sukkahs are very elaborate and others, simple. The roof is open made from branches, such as palm fronds, or anything else which allows for a glimpse of the stars. The family eats as many meals as possible in the sukkah, and maybe even sleeps there.
The holiday movie of “Ushpizin” depicts an Orthodox Jewish couple, financially struggling, childless, yet trying to live a religious lifestyle. During Sukkot, they are visited by two of the husband’s former accomplices in crime, straining the marital relationship to the breaking point. Husband and wife continue to pray, despite some desperate times… and then…!
Our teens loved this movie, which is in Hebrew, but also has English subtitles.
The second film is just now available for instant download, with lots of action good for the younger crowd. “The Lost Medallion” has a foster-home setting, where a visitor is turned into storyteller when that day’s volunteer doesn’t show up. He concocts a spur-of-the-moment story and incorporates some of the newer children who are struggling.
The adventure takes place on an island where archaeologists search for the lost medallion from long ago, with bad guys in hot pursuit. The children get mixed up in the story and have to figure out how to free captives, prevailing against all odds, traveling back in time, while hoping to return to the century where they rightfully belong.
They are encouraged to look inside themselves for the true treasure, find their purpose in life, and have a kind heart, no matter what. It’s a very, very subtle film and full of plenty of laughs, as well.
Two good films, from our family to yours.
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