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 »
In the end credits, Morgan Hopkins is credited as playing Mr. Willis' son, which may be conceptually true, but which should be Mrs. Willis' son. 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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