September 27, 2005

Film Review: Most

Sunday night I was invited to a viewing of a short film titled Most, translated from Czech as “the bridge”, which was produced by Bobby Garabedian and William Zabka. You probably know Zabka as Johnny, the bully, from Karate Kid. In this live action short, the viewer travels through deep emotional realities in a matter of 32 minutes and comes out the other side face to face with Truth.

The story immediately confronts the viewer with a father’s inner questions post-tragedy. Played by Czechoslovakian born Vladimír Javorský, the man flashes back to memories of joyful moments with his young son. Beautiful cinematography along with compelling emotional connection pepper moments spent between a man and his boy. When tragedy strikes, the viewer is left with all its emotional devastation. The resolution, however, superbly presents the viewer with hope that is stronger than was possible pre-tragedy.

Beyond entering into the father’s mind, Garabedian and Zabka call the viewer into union with beauty. Certainly, many interpretations of the film are possible, as with any great art. The question I was left with: is there more explicit symbolism about redemption than at first appears? Regardless, one cannot view this film without wondering if absolute good exists.

Contrary to the likes of Left Behind, Most attempts to present Truth to the viewer without requiring him or her to look through a contemporary Christian subculture lens. It serves as a piece of art in its own right, suggesting a hope that will not disappoint. This piece has done well to confront the viewer with real beauty, and in doing so, Truth. Of course, this may serve as only the beginning of understanding that Truth, but in an age of despair, this wonderful alternative likely will lead many on the journey Simone Weil suggests—seek Truth and you will find Christ because He is Truth.

Most was nominated for an Oscar in 2004, made an appearance at the Sundance Festival, and won awards in three other festivals. John Debney, of The Passion of the Christ, composed the score for this film.

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