Posted by: Dr Churchill | June 11, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars has no fault whatsoever

After a long flight and a spurious meeting with the best of friends, we moved on to the Theatre to see the new film that tags on the strings of the heart according to a good friend Maggie’s description…

Based on the popular book by John Green, “The Fault In Our Stars” might look like another romantic film that placates the desires to see exaggerated love stories and impossible characters, on a large screen, but it is far more than that.

Drawing from a painful source material, the film handles the issues of love, death, and life quietly. There is plenty for filmgoers to latch onto — but it doesn’t stop there. The film has a lot to offer in the way of common wisdom and poses enough thought provoking questions for the young and for the mature audiences alike.

In short it’s a moving tribute of our own lives, because “The Fault In Our Stars” does not delve into its subject matter lightly. The main character, does not dance around her life with cancer or the afflictions of others on her mind, but rather treats it as the ever present thing it is. It’s like Blade Runner or the Dune yet with subtle panache. Many other films deal with Life as Terminal, or as an On/Off switch, and few have had cancer patients and survivors before, but the moments of focusing on the disease are usually saved for some perspective altering scenes. “The Fault in Our Stars” does no such thing as the characters live with their afflictions and wear their cancer as a regular feature – same as a real person would do.

I don’t think I have ever been in a film theatre where so many people of all ages genuinely connected with a film on so many levels. I heard more laughter than I heard in many films I have seen in the past years, which was even more telling of the quality, as the film is not a romantic comedy by a long shot. And I have to admit that the film brought a few tears to my eyes during its more emotionally charged and Life ending scenes. Exiting this life is a trip and all the more so when you are the one having to say Goodbye to the person you love journeying on. There is something about seeing such raw emotion in the screen just like in Life — that draws one in and makes its way into our heart. In those moments, and in a great film, we can’t help but laugh or cry when the characters are doing the same. And maybe that’s what distinguishes a great work of art from the rest. Art imitates life. And life is full of wonder. And maybe it’s testament to the power of projecting light through the celluloid, into a dark room, formed as beautiful images writ large at heart. This is what makes us all swoon. Or maybe that we transpose ourselves to that larger than life screen and think of our own lives. Either way we live it…

There are many things to take away from this film and from the book; either about facing death as inevitable, or about love as creating the infinite value in this life and beyond, even when shared for a rather small amount of time. Time space is relative and what is small is beautiful and can be the forever glue…

Yet it always feels odd when imaginary characters reach out and do something intimate with my mind and emotions. It causes love for the profound thoughts in it, and a bit of wonderment for the nostalgia it brings. “The Fault In Our Stars” did just that for us. Having lost my Mother to cancer recently, and in the previous year a beloved daughter — I can relate in equal measure to the Universal Soul, the constant harp of our resonance, and to the frailty our life is.

We are but a breath…

Perhaps this is the way.

Or perhaps, because that what I believe — I’ve been given a glimpse into the unknown. And what I’ve come to see, past the boundaries of Life and Death, is the awesome infinity of our Spirit. And maybe that’s why, I’ve come to trust the Soul to be there always and forever. Trust that she’ll be, even after this change of gardrobe and suit — this mortal coil holds today. Trust that she’ll be waiting in that field of green where we all shall meet past our ideas of religion, politics, division, and Right or Wrong.

So it might only be a film but “The Fault in Our Stars” is a small infinity worth every second.

It somehow transcends and commutes our sentence to Life.

It communes deep within, and without, even with our loved ones.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

One of the existential struggles for me as am sure for all of us, is not that our deaths will come, because that’s inevitable — but the question of what will exist after.


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