Sunday, July 01, 2007
Stranger than Fiction - film clip ideas
I watched Stranger than Fiction last night. It's basically about this tax man who starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice is narrating his life. It turns out that he is a character in a book and the voice is the author.
You could use this film to look at issues such as fate, 'loving your enemies', dealing with conflict...for example:
- Chapter 1 and 2 (about 8 mins). During these scenes we are introduced to Harold Crick, the main character, by the narrator. The narrator is describing his life...I wonder what people would have to say about us?
- Chapter 2 (8 mins 45) to Chapter 3 (11 mins 30). Harold goes to audit a customer...as soon as they learn he is a tax man they start giving him a hard time, but he remains composed. You could also use this to demonstrate some peoples attitude towards tax men - this might be useful to give context to Bible passages where Jesus is criticised for mixing with tax men
- Chapter 10 (37 mins) to Chapter 12 (46 mins). Harold turns up again to audit the same business. He is handed a box full of receipts that have been deliberately messed up - just make his life more difficult. After he spends the whole day there, Ana, the person being audited changes her attitude - she'd been baking for him. Perhaps this is a good example of how we might 'love our enemies'.
- Chapter 20. In this scene Harold calls the author...and a strange thing happens, the phone rings when she types it....here is an obvious connection with fate
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