Also known as "Small Miracles", released by Questar, Inc in 2004. This quietly lovely film won Best Film at the Austin and Berlin International Film Festivals, and tells the profoundly moving story of 12-year old Taliesin Jones, who struggles with the chaos of his life, while struggling to come to terms when his mother suddenly leaves the family home. His father has become distant, his brother has become angry and bitter, while Taliesin dives into the world of his imagination looking for solace. After witnessing his piano teacher heal a woman's ailing back with the power of prayer, Taliesen begins a spiritual quest. He forms a secret society at his school, "The Believers". But his attempts to heal a classmate and his teacher's grave illness leave him feeling lost and confused, and test his newfound faith. This film is more than a "coming of age" film - it is the tale of everyone who's ever tried to make sense of things that just can't be made sense of, and the grace that fills our ... Written by
Lisa Alekna, M. Ed., LSWA
While Taliesin maintains (at around 64 mins) that pomegranates always have 611 seeds each, Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol for righteousness because it is said to have 613 seeds which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot or commandments of the Torah. A web site (aquaphoenix.com) records that counting the seeds in 206 pomegranates from 6 countries resulted in a minimum of 165 seeds and a maximum of 1370 seeds, but achieves an average of 613. See more »
Taliesin's mother winds the grandfather clock (at around 54 mins) putting the key into the left sprocket. At 83:45, Taliesin's father winds the grandfather clock, putting the key into the right sprocket. Typically, one sprocket winds the time mechanism and the other winds the chiming mechanism. See more »
Do you believe in God? This is a question young Taliesin seems to ask a lot. Taliesin Jones is a wonderful film about what it means to have faith, through the experiences of a pre-teenage boy as he struggles to understand the adults and events in his life. Great casting and interesting characters, including the late veteran Scottish actor Ian Bannen as Billy. Beautifully filmed on location in south Wales (I loved Billy's house). Although, sadly, this was Ian Bannen's final film, it was the first film performance for a very talented native Welsh lad, John Paul Macleod, who gives an outstanding portrayal of the main character, Taliesin Jones. This young actor will make you care about Taliesin. There is drama mixed with some light humor and, I'm pleased to say, no major violence. This film, which has a timeless message, is a little different than the usual Hollywood millstream of movies, and pleasantly so. Everyone involved with the making of Taliesin Jones seems to have really put their hearts into it; and they have created a very good film.
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