Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
A drama centered on three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. George (Matt Damon) is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cécile De France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (identical twins Frankie McLaren and George McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might-or must-exist in the hereafter. Written by
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Throughout the film, it is apparent that Marcus is played by two boys. In many scenes, he clearly has his left ear pierced (although no earring is worn, the hole is very distinctive). In other shots, most notably, during the "subway/underground" scene, he has no piercing. See more »
Did you do the reading?
Look, you still don't get it, do you? You think just 'cause I can make money doing this... just because I can, that I should do it.
Yeah, yeah I do. I also think you have a duty to do it, because you have a gift.
It's not a gift, Billy, it's a curse.
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The mid 80s-late 90's Warner Bros. shield is used and is in black and white at the beginning of the movie, and at the end of the credits, the same Warner Bros. Shield is used alongside the Amblin logo, also in black-and-white. See more »
Excellent film exploring deep emotions and near-death experience
An emotional film (bring some hankies) exploring the love of children
for their mother, the loss of a loved one, and the near-death
experiences of the two main characters. The acting is superb,
particularly the young McLaren brothers and Cecile DeFrance. I applaud
Clint Eastwood for taking this risk and creating a solid piece with
riveting emotions and a fantastic conclusion. The only leap of faith
that must be taken is the belief that George (Matt Damon) truly has
this gift/curse since it is the thread that weaves through all his
relationships. This is truly an enjoyable movie and adds to my belief
that the greatness of a film is not in the critic's eyes but in your
own. This is the second sleeper movie of the week for me. The first one
was RED...a great, entertaining movie.
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