Sunday, May 22, 2016

'Listen to Your Heart': Movie Review

Listen to your Heart, a film directed by Matt Thompson, is a moving piece about following your heart and loving in a self-giving way. Through his character, Danny exhibits signs of self-sacrifice, chaste love, and forgiveness, all attributes that are disappointingly muted in our world. 

I disagree with the writer/director's foray into an alcohol-soaked evening (21st birthday) and the later implied fornication in the hospital room, although these are believable and handled with gentleness. Why is their love chaste until this scene in the hospital? Love, although clearly indicated as true throughout, does not have to result in sex. The hospital love scene could be presented in a more mutually self-giving way that remains chaste. But there are many more poignant points throughout this film that merit watching it. 

I especially like the transformation of Danny's friend (later his brother), who goes from the doubtful, world-seeking voice to a voice of faith and belief in something more than the tangible treasure of the world. Love, as a theme, permeates the film, but it is not just the "eros" love of romance and desire, although that is present between Danny and Sam. It is the "phileo" and "agape" love that we notice in Danny, a love of giving, a love of brotherhood and sisterhood, that makes this film stand strong. Watch this gem of a film; you won't regret it.