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 »
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 »
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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