The Heart Of Man: Movie Review

The sparseness of space meets my eyes as the opening scene appears—so deep, so

endless, so majestic. Then flying across skies to soak in spectacular images of

undulating mountains, towering cliff faces, and broad-spanning primal oceans filling

the screen in cinematic brilliance, all at once the beauty and ferocity of the power of

creation catches my attention through images of thunderous waves and burning lava.

This story speaks and we are reminded that there is no place that God is unaware of,

not even the innermost parts of the womb where we are hidden during our formation. All is

known, all is carefully prepared. It is all God’s and it is amazing.

Yet lying beneath these spectacular images are caves, dark hidden caves that don’t

want to be found, where secrets lurk, where pain and darkness reign and where

mankind tries to hide their shame from the Creator, just as Adam and Eve did in the

garden of Eden.

 

The Heart of Man takes us to such a place. We are invited into the story of the

biblical prodigal son where we find a father preparing a way for his child, cutting

paths and preparing instruments which, when played together, plays a melody of

unity and relationship. This melody continues as the son grows, bringing joy to both

of their hearts until the son is distracted by another who calls. The son’s song ceases,

and his instrument is broken as his free will leads him across a deep divide, creating a

great distance between them.

 

As the Father continues to play their melody calling for his child to come home, the

son draws further away until he finds himself where lustful desires and imaginations

turn deathly sour, laid vulnerable in a dark and tortured prison of the soul. Though a

way out has been provided by the Father, the son’s choices push him further.

We are taken to where the son is most broken, beaten and bloodied against the cold

ground of the cave. In one of the most touching moments of the film, the Father looks

past the shame and disgust, cradling his child’s face in his hands, embracing him in

this ugliest of places with eyes that say “even this won’t separate us”. This is the

moment of redemption.

 

The Father has made him a new instrument. His unrelenting love pursues him, fights

for him and releases him in a very moving visual depiction. This is a heartrending

moment portraying a love beyond limits, a love which, once invited into the caves of

our lives that we think are too shameful and ugly to allow God into, is able to bring

light, and release us from the bondage and shackles that may have reached their

hooks into us.

 

This tragic yet beautiful story of redemption is interwoven with real-life testimonies

from modern-day prodigals. Heartrending stories of experiences with sexual sin and

how it affected not only themselves but also their loved ones reveal redemption from

places where only two choices often remained: life or death. These testimonies are

raw, honest and often uncomfortable to hear, yet what they all have in common is the

awareness of the redemptive light of God that was shed into their darkest places

producing transformation and newness that at one time seemed impossible.

The meaning of this film may be different for everyone depending on each

individual’s life experiences and struggles. The most important message I see in this

film is one of God breaking through into the hidden spaces, the secrets we carry and

the emotional prisons we build for ourselves. Knowing that God is well aware of

these places and yet still loves us brings freedom—He is not repulsed by us.

When we feel the accusations of the enemy and the torture of the soul, and turn back

to look to the Father, Jesus covers us with the blood that was shed for us and redeems

us. Once again His song is heard. He has made a new creation where the melody’s

sweet. He is playing our song.

 

Written by Eric Esau and Jason Pamer, this film is impacting and should be

commended in its intention to open up conversations and bring some kind of healing

in a time where sexual abuse is at its highest.

It is strongly advised that this film is not suitable for children’s viewing due to adult

themes. If you or someone you know require support in this area we recommend

speaking with someone you know and trust. Furthermore, local

professional counselling may be of help. If you cannot find local psychology

services, then we would recommend Psychology Café who have online services

available here.

To dig deeper into ‘The Heart Of Man‘ and for more info on the movie, click here.

4 thoughts on “The Heart Of Man: Movie Review

    1. Hello Jodie,
      Thank you for commenting. The Heart of Man is a movie which showed briefly at cinemas. The film will be broadcast on our channel on the 21st of August at 8:30. Before then there is the round table discussions which can be viewed at acc.tv/theheartofman or at watch.acc.tv/now and search for The Heart of Man Roundtables.

  1. Could you please tell me the name of the movie you screened last Wednesday night, the 12th. of Sept at 8.30 pm. I was most impressed with it and would like to see it again and share it with friends. I tuned in late and missed the title. If possible, I would like to purchase a copy of the film, which was about the afterlife. Hoping you can help me.

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