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
The name of the school, "CWM Derwen Comprehensive" is shown (at around 27 mins) on the gate and can also be seen at 88:27 in the crest on Taliesin's school jumper (pullover sweater). From the Welsh language, "cwm" means "valley" in English and "derwen" means "oak tree". In the United Kingdom, a comprehensive school is a secondary school for children from the age of 11 to at least 16. CWM Derwen Comprehensive could then be translated as Oak Valley Secondary. 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 »
great spiritual journey, that was even enjoyed by an anti organised religious person like me:)
I can imagine this film being hijacked by certain types of Christians who will miss its depths, and being rejected by people simply because of the Christian nature of it's vehicle.
Both I think would be a mistake, it's a great journey, and freshly and effortlessly portrays the blossoming of a young spirit's relationship with life and the divine. Great performances, and full of classic Welsh story telling.
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