‘Divine Love’ questions the nature of authentic faith

‘Divine Love’ questions the nature of authentic faith

“Divine Love” (“Divino Amor”) (2019 production, 2020 release). Cast: Dira Paes, Julio Machado, Antonio Pastich, Teca Pereira, Emílio de Melo, Clayton Mariano, Mariana Nunes, Suzy Lopes, Thardelly Lima, Thalita Carauta, Tuna Dwek, Thiago Justino, Edilson Silva, Nataly Rocha, Calum Rio (narrator). Director: Gabriel Mascaro. Screenplay: Gabriel Mascaro, Richard Daisy Ellis, Esdras Bezzerra, Lucas Paraizo and Marcelo Gomes. Web site. Trailer. For many of us, faith is looked upon as central to our worldview and existence. Its form may vary somewhat from individual to individual, but its essence is generally the same. However, no matter how much we may proclaim we adhere to our faith, how authentic are we with ourselves when it comes to our practices matching our contentions in this regard? Do we cling to our faith with absolute fidelity, or do we try bending the rules when necessary to suit other agendas? And what happens if our faith is tested and we’re reluctant to acknowledge the manifestation of an aspect of it with which we disagree, despite supposed claims to the contrary? Those are among the questions raised in the new Brazilian religious satire, “Divine Love” (“Divino Amor”). In a Brazil of the near future in which fundamentalist ...
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Rest Well, My Friend

Rest Well, My Friend

Many of you may not know the name Mary Dillman. But those of you who do are no doubt familiar with her many lasting accomplishments – not just those of her own, but also those of others she helped inspire. I can speak to that, since I’m one of them. And now that she’s transitioned to another state of existence, the strength and magnitude of her legacy are sure to take on added importance, not just for those whom she touched, but also to the newcomers who will undoubtedly by drawn to her work and that of her kindreds. For many years, Mary was a tireless and passionate advocate of the conscious creation process, the philosophy that maintains we manifest the reality we experience through the power of our thoughts, beliefs and intents. Inspired by the writings of author and visionary Jane Roberts and her noncorporeal channeled entity Seth, conscious creation has enlightened and empowered many of us to become our best, truest selves for our personal betterment and that of those around us. And, for her part, Mary made it possible for many of us to come to know this body of work through her ongoing research into the ...
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Check out The Cinema Scribe

Check out The Cinema Scribe

Tune in for the latest Cinema Scribe segment on Bring Me 2 Life Radio, Tuesday, December 8, at 2 pm ET, available by clicking here.  And, if you don’t hear the show live, catch it later on demand, now available on Sound Cloud and Amazon! ...
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This Week in Movies with Meaning

This Week in Movies with Meaning

Reviews of “The Artist’s Wife” and “Apples,” as well as a film festival wrap-up, are all in the latest Movies with Meaning post on the web site of The Good Media Network, available by clicking here ...
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‘The Artist’s Wife’ reflects on striking a balance

‘The Artist’s Wife’ reflects on striking a balance

“The Artist’s Wife” (2019 production, 2020 release). Cast: Lena Olin, Bruce Dern, Juliet Rylance, Avan Jogia, Stefanie Powers, Tonya Pinkins, Catherine Curtin, Caryn West, Ravi Cabot-Conyers. Director: Tom Dolby. Screenplay: Tom Dolby, Nicole Brending and Abdi Nazemian. Web site. Trailer. Giving our all to a beloved partner is certainly an admirable ambition, one that many of us strive for in hopes of it creating a state of mutual love and support. It’s widely believed such a connection can benefit each spouse, yielding both a flourishing relationship and a foundation for significant personal growth and development. But at what point does such devotion to another become unhealthy, leading to a lopsided bond? That’s a question explored in the new romantic drama, “The Artist’s Wife.” For years, onetime-aspiring artist Claire Smythson (Lena Olin) has committed herself to supporting and promoting the painting career of her husband, Richard (Bruce Dern). It’s an effort that has paid off in many ways, too, as it has helped her remarkably talented spouse become an affluent and renowned icon in the abstract art world. And publicly he generously credits Claire for much of his success. From all appearances, it would seem that this is an arrangement that ...
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Two Film Festival Wrap-ups on The Cinema Scribe

Two Film Festival Wrap-ups on The Cinema Scribe

Tune in for the latest Cinema Scribe segment on Bring Me 2 Life Radio, today at 2 pm ET, available by clicking here. And, if you don’t hear it live, catch it later on demand ...
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